Prime Minister visits Hambantota International Cricket Stadium

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe visited the Hambantota Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium today. The Prime Minister was welcomed by President of Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipla. Hambantota District MP Hon. Sajith Premadasa together with Hon. Sagala Rathnayake too accompanied the Prime Minister on this tour. After a brief tour of the stadium, the Prime Minister and President of SLC together with officials of SLC had discussions as to how to sustain and maximise the utilisation of the stadium in the future. At this discussion the Prime Minister agreed to assist Sri Lanka Cricket with Hotel facilities in the vicinity of the stadium for the benefit & convenience of the visiting teams.

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka visits SLC

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka (Member of Parliament) visited Sri Lanka Cricket on the invitation of SLC president Hon. Thilanga Sumapthipala today.  The purpose of his visit was to have informal discussions with the Sri Lanka National Team and its support staff on overcoming challengers. During the discussion Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka shared his experiences as the former commander of the Sri Lanka Army where his tactics paved the way to outsmart his opponents. At the conclusion of the discussions the players expressed their gratitude to the Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka for the insight that he provided.

Teams for Asia Cup and ICC World T20 announced

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on the 14th of February 2016, the National Selectors named the following players for the above tournaments. 1. Lasith Malinga (Captain) 2. Angelo Mathews (Vice Captain) 3. Dinesh Chandimal 4. T M Dilshan 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Shehan Jayasuriya 7. Milinda Siriwardena 8. Dasun Shanaka 9. Chamara Kapugedara 10. Nuwan Kulasekera 11. Dushmantha Chameera 12. Thisara Perera 13. Sachithra Senanayake 14. Rangana Herath 15. Jeffrey Vandersay

Dialog Powers Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup Bid

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Sri Lanka’s premier telecommunications service provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, will sponsor the Sri Lankan cricket team at the Asia Cup 2016, commencing in Dhaka, Bangladesh next week. Defending Champions, Sri Lanka, will take on the winner of the tournament qualifying rounds in the opening game on 25th February, before they meet hosts Bangladesh on Sunday 28th, and India and Pakistan on 1st and 4th March respectively before the knockout stage. Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala (MP), President of Sri Lanka Cricket said: “’In Sri Lanka, cricket has always been more than just simply a sport – it unites this island, and it embodies the spirit of sportsmanship. Our team, with its fans around the world has never failed to give everything they’ve… Read More →

India Women seal ODI series 2-0

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India Women took an unassailable 2-0 lead after their comprehensive six wickets win over Sri Lanka Women in the second ODI at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. India had won the first ODI by 89 runs, and like in the first game, they dominated in all departments of the game. Needing a moderate 189, the home team got to the mark with 42 balls to spare. Opener Smriti Mandhana missed out on her fourth consecutive half-century by just four runs. She struck four boundaries and one six before getting out on 46 off as many balls. Captain Mithali Raj remained unbeaten on 53 and stitched a 64-run stand for the third wicket with Harmanpreet Kaur (41). India lost four… Read More →

Match timings and warm-up schedule of ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 announced

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the match timings and warm-up schedule of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which be staged at eight venues in India from 8 March to 3 April. The men’s afternoon matches will take place from 15h00-18h10, while the evening matches will be played from 19h30-22h40. The semi-finals and the final will be held from 19h00-22h10. The women’s afternoon matches will be played from 15h30-18h15, while the evening matches will take place from 19h30-22h15. The semi-finals and the finals, which will be played before the men’s matches, will be played between 14h30-17h15. Meanwhile, the ICC has also announced the schedule of the warm-up matches. Teams taking part in the first round will play their warm-up matches in… Read More →

India women beat Sri Lanka by 107 runs

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The Indian women’s team pocketed two crucial points after their convincing 107-run victory against Sri Lanka women in the first match of three-match ODI series. Currently placed fourth on the ICC Women’s Rankings, the Mithali Raj-led side had an easy outing at Ranchi after the tough, yet productive tour of Australia. Asked to bat first, the hosts posted a challenging 245/6 and then skittled out Sri Lanka for just 138. Poonam Yadav picked up 4/22 from just 7.2 overs while Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad shared two wickets each to bundle out the visitors in 45.2 overs. Earlier, Smriti Mandhana carried on her excellent run with the bat. The elegant left-hander struck her third half-century in a row in 71… Read More →

India retains number-one ranking after winning T20I series against Sri Lanka

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ICC Media Release With South Africa and England to play two T20Is on 19 and 21 February, any side winning both the matches will jump to second position ICC World Twenty20 2016 host India has held on to its number-one position on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings, after defeating Sri Lanka by 2-1 in a closely fought three-match series that concluded in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The series win for India means it has 122 points, four more than second-ranked West Indies and five more than third-placed England. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, has dropped behind England and New Zealand to fifth position, while South Africa (sixth), Pakistan (seventh) and Australia (eighth) complete the top half of the 16-team table. With the… Read More →

Under 19: West Indies wins maiden ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

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It was only the second defeat for India in the last 22 matches, ending the unbeaten run in the tournament It was the first major title for the West Indies at any level since Darren Sammy’s senior team won the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. West Indies rode on its fast-bowling arsenal to win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for the first time with a tense five-wicket victory over three-time winner India in the final in Mirpur on Sunday. The pace trio of Alzarri Joseph, Ryan John and Chemar Holder shone on a spicy, moisture-laden pitch to demolish India’s fancied batting line-up for 145 after electing to field. Sarfaraz Khan played a lone hand for the Rahul Dravid-coached Indian team… Read More →

Under 19: Bangladesh claims third place in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016

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Man of the match Mehidy claims three wickets and scores 53 as the hosts score thrilling three-wicket win over Sri Lanka Host Bangladesh squeezed past Sri Lanka with three deliveries to spare, to take third place in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with a three-wicket win in Fatullah on Saturday.Having bowled Sri Lanka out for 214, Bangladesh survived a mid-innings crisis that resulted in three run-outs before Jaker Ali hit the winning boundary off seamer Lahiru Kumara. Bangladesh captain Mehidy Hasan followed his three-wicket haul with a top-score of 53 and was later adjudged the player of the match. Nazmul Hossain made 40 and Jaker, who was forced to retire with cramps, returned to the crease and remained unbeaten on… Read More →

​Batsmen power India to series-levelling 69-run victory

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A return to more familiar conditions resulted in a more familiar – and expected – show from India, which squared the three-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka with a convincing 69-run victory in the second game in Ranchi on Friday (February 12). India’s batsmen, coming on the back of a dismal performance in Pune, made merry in friendly conditions to post a massive 196 for 6 despite a late hat-trick from Thisara Perera. Then, its bowlers, led by R Ashwin (3 for 14), combined to keep Sri Lanka to 127 for 9 when time ran out. India’s innings was powered by Shikhar Dhawan, who blasted a 25-ball 51, while Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina played their parts too. India also ticked… Read More →

Rajitha, Shanaka bowl Sri Lanka to victory

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History would suggest that arriving for a tour of India with nine of the 15 players having no experience of playing in the country isn’t the best of positions to be in. India’s record at home, the conditions, and the crowds can be daunting for any side, especially one filled with new faces. But if at all there is one advantage to having so many fresh players, it is the possibility of catching the opposition unawares. Sri Lanka did just that in the first Twenty20 International against India in Pune courtesy two pacers, one a debutant and the other with just one T20I to his name. Kasun Rajitha, the debutant, and Dasun Shanaka made the most of seamer-friendly conditions, picking three… Read More →