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 →

SLC Super Fours T20 Tournament – Teams and Logos

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the teams for the upcoming SLC Super 4′s Tournament. The Super 4′s tournament will commence on the 27th of June 2014 and all matches will be played at SSC. Western Troopers Angelo Mathews,  Udara Jayasundara, Dilshan Munaweera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Kaushal Gajasinghe, Chathuranga De Silva, Kosala Kulasekera, Kanishka Alvitigala, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Isuru Udana, Sachitra Senanayake, Janaka Gunarathne, Dimuth Karunarathne, Gayan maneeshan, Shehan Fernando, Pawan Devinda, Vishva Fernando, Banuka Rajapaksha Yaal Blazers Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Udawatte, Chamara Kapugedera, Ashan Priyanjana, Mahela Jayawardana,  Jeewan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Chaminda Bandara, Ramith Rambukwella, Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya, Rumesh Buddika, Anuk Fernando, Alankara Asanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Chaturanga Kumara, S. Sanjeewan, Sahan Wijerathna Udarata Rulers Lahiru Thirimann,… Read More →

SLC Felicitates Past Cricketers of Ceylon

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Sri Lanka Cricket on recommendation of the Committee appointed by the Executive Committee felicitated 14 Past Cricketers of Ceylon who have done the country proud. This was decided with the thought in mind to assist these Cricketers who played the game and brought honour to the country during the era when Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. The committee had identified 14 past cricketers and recommended  to make a grant of Rs. 300,000 for their personal expenses. The recipients of this grant were: Mr. Bertie Wijesinghe Mr. Stanley Jayasinghe Mr. M.Devaraj Mr. Nihal Kodituwakku Mr. A.C.M.Lafir Mr. H.I.K.Fernando Mr. Stanley De Alwis Mr. Daya Sahabandu Mr. Lasantha Rodrigo Mr. Russel Harmmer Mr. Amitha De Costa Mr. Gulam Razik Mr. T.B.Kehelgamuwa… Read More →

Sri Lanka wins series after six-wicket win

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Sri Lanka proved too strong for England in the fifth and final One-Day International at Edgbaston on Tuesday (June 3), winning by six wickets to clinch a 3-2 series victory. First paceman Lasith Malinga took 3 for 50 as Sri Lanka restricted England to 219. Then, after Sri Lanka was 62 for 3, half-centuries from Mahela Jayawardena (53) and Lahiru Thirimanne (60 not out), and captain Angelo Mathews’s 42 not out in 34 balls took Sri Lanka home with ten balls left in the innings. There was a controversial moment during England’s innings when Sachithra Senanayake Mankaded Jos Buttler. Mathews upheld the appeal – it was a perfectly legitimate dismissal – and Buttler was out for 21. Sri Lanka, set… Read More →

Sachithra Senanayake reported by ICC for Suspect Action

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Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) has informed SLC that the umpires officiating in the 4th ODI of the ongoing England tour have reported a number of deliveries bowled by Sachithra Senanayake were considered to be suspect. Since Sachithra had over the past 2 years played many bilateral/ ICC tournaments and four earlier games in the current tour without any hint of suspicion, this comes as a surprise to SLC. As however, the ICC has a procedure in place for situations such as this, SLC has no option but to adhere to the laid down process. According to this process, Sachithra is not debarred from consideration for selection to the 5th ODI to be played at Edgbaston tomorrow.

Sangakkara masterclass trumps Buttler blitz

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Sri Lanka levelled the series in a Lord’s thriller in which two batsmen stood head and shoulders above their team-mates. Sri Lanka needed a magnificent century from Kumar Sangakkara, who got support from a scratchy Tillakaratne Dilshan to set a highly competitive target of 301. That looked plenty enough for the win until Jos Buttler joined Ravi Bopara in the 29th over and proceeded to hit almost every ball out of the middle, posting an extraordinary century of his own. But even that wasn’t quite enough to secure a most unexpected of wins. The winning margin of seven runs, with the result still in the balance in the 100th over of the day, was the first close result of the… Read More →

Jordan leads England’s rout of Sri Lanka

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Three days after England fell to a 157-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, it bounced back with a 10-wicket win against the same opponents in the third One-Day International at Old Trafford on Wednesday (May 28). Chris Jordan, with career-best figures of 5 for 29, led the English attack as Sri Lanka, after being put in to bat in overcast conditions, folded for just 67 in 24 overs. The target was easily overhauled by England captain Alastair Cook (30 not out), who was returning from injury, and fellow opener Ian Bell (41 not out), Bell finishing things off in the 13th over with a six off spinner Rangana Herath. Earlier, after rain delayed the match start by 20… Read More →

Sri Lanka cruise to victory in Durham

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Impressive Sri Lanka levelled the Royal London One-Day International Series with a comprehensive 157-run win over England at the Emirates Durham ICG. Having been asked to bat under typically overcast skies, the tourists forewent their usual brand of attacking strokeplay in favour of a controlled approach. It paid dividends, too, as Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 88 secured a total of 256 for eight on a surface that consistently offered a smattering of assistance to seam. England were left to rue a lacklustre display in the field, too, with 15 wides and a couple of dropped catches proving costly. Even so, hopes were high of chasing a total that appeared par until Nuwan Kulasekara rocked England’s top order with three quick wickets. But… Read More →

All-round Jordan stars in rain-hit ODI win

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England cruised to a comfortable victory between the showers at The Oval on Thursday (May 22), the winning margin of 81 runs not flattering it, as Man of the Match Chris Jordan’s aggression with both bat and ball and Gary Ballance’s composed innings giving England’s new management a successful start in 50-over cricket, with Sri Lanka clearly playing in unfamiliar and unfavourable conditions. Alastair Cook, back on home territory for England, was comforted to receive respectful applause walking to the crease, having lost the toss and been invited to bat by Angelo Mathews. He was soon feeling even more comforted, having offered a sharp chance to Tillakaratne Dilshan at backward point, the Sri Lanka veteran springing well to his right,… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket Super Fours Tournament commences in June’14

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21st May’14, Colombo: In a media briefing held this evening, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the launch of the Sri Lanka Cricket Super Fours 2014 Tournament for the second consecutive time. The tournament will be played from 27th June – 02nd July, 2014 at the SSC grounds. Ajit Jayasekera – Director, Sri Lanka Premier League who is also heading the Super Fours organizing committee, highlighting the importance of the tournament said, “This is a tournament which will have 4 provincial teams where the T20 world champion team players will participate, while giving an opportunity for the up and coming cricketers to play and interact with them.” Also, he further invited all partners involved, including the media and the sponsors to… Read More →

England, Sri Lanka in with a chance to claim No.1 spot in ODI rankings

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England and Sri Lanka will go head-to-head in a five-ODI series from Thursday in London with the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings all set to change. With 21 ratings points separating number-one ranked Australia from eighth-ranked West Indies, irrespective of the outcome of the series, both third-ranked Sri Lanka and fourth-ranked England will make a move on the rankings table. Amongst other scenarios, there is a possibility of either side topping the table. But to make that happen, England or Sri Lanka will have to sweep the series. While the side that wins all five matches will finish on top of the tree, the side on the receiving end will end up in fifth position. So tight is the situation in the… Read More →