Dickwella, Prasanna take Sri Lanka to series win

Members of the Sri Lankan team celebrate after winning the T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Newlands Stadium on January 25, 2017, in Cape Town.  / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

AB de Villiers’s 44-ball 63 on international comeback goes in vain as visiting side chases down South Africa’s 169/5 to win deciding T20I. Sri Lanka created history, defeating South Africa by five wickets with a ball to spare in the third and final Twenty20 International in Cape Town on Wednesday (January 25) to secure a 2-1 series victory. It was the first time Sri Lanka had won a series in any format in the country. The architects of Sri Lanka’s successful chase of 170 is Niroshan Dickwella (68 in 51 balls), who shared a third-wicket stand of 71 with Dhananjaya de Silva, and Seekkuge Prasanna, who scored a career-best 37 not out off just 16 balls with three fours and… Read More →

Upul Tharanga to Captain ODI matches against South Africa

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga celebrates his team's good bowling innings during the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka’s 31-year-old batting talisman has been chosen to captain the country’s five One Day International matches against South Africa starting in Port Elizabeth this Saturday (28). The left-hand-batsman will captain the ODI series in South Africa in the absence of Angelo Mathews who returned home this week. Mathews had informed the management of Sri Lanka Cricket that he may need to take time off to be with his family. A hamstring injury on the 2nd T- 20 on Sunday ruled him out of the match forcing the skipper to make an early exit for the rest of the series. Both Nuwan Pradeep and Dhanushka Gunathilaka also returned to Sri Lanka on Tuesday owing to their injuries. Meanwhile… Read More →

All 10 squads for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 confirmed

Sri Lanka Womens Team

The squads of the 10 sides participating in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo from 7-21 February have been announced. India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka are among the leading sides participating in the tournament, which will decide which four teams get a chance to play in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 from 24 June to 23 July in England and Wales. The top four sides will also earn places in the second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship, while the fifth and sixth placed sides will secure ODI status for the next four years. Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies have already qualified directly for the pinnacle tournament after finishing among the top… Read More →

කණස්සල්ලට පත්ව සිටි ක්‍රීඩා ලෝලීනට සිනහවන්නට අවස්ථාවක්

Sri Lanka bowler Lakshan Sandakan bowls on South African batsman Mangaliso Mosehle (not pictured) during the second T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 22, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමඟ ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියෙන් හා ප්‍රථම ටී 20 තරගයෙන් පරාජයට පත්ව කණස්සල්ලට පත්ව සිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට හා ලංකා ක්‍රීඩා ලෝලීනට ප්‍රීතියෙන් සිනහවීමට අවස්ථාව උදා වුයේ ඉරිදා ජොහැනස්බර්ග් නුවර දෙවන ටී 20 තරගයේ දී  කඩුලු තුනකින් දකුණු අප්‍රිකානුවන් පරාජය කිරීමෙනි. ලක්ෂාන් සඳකැන් (ලකුණු 23ට කඩුලු 4යි) සහ ඉසුරු උදාන (ලකුණු 13ට කඩුලු 3යි) දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ඉනිම ඕවර 19.3 ක දී ලකුණු 113ක ට සීමා කිරීමෙන් පසු ලංකා පිල කඩුලු 7ක ට ලකුණු 119 ක් ලබා මේ ජයග්‍රහණය අත්කර ගත්තේ ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස්ගේ (නොදැවී 54) නායකත්ව ඉනිම මුල් කරගෙනය.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලත් මේ ජයග්‍රහණය ලබන 25 වැනි දා කේප් ටවුන්හි පැවැත්වෙන තුන්වන හා අවසාන තීරණාත්මක ටී 20 තරගයටත් ඊට පසුව කණ්ඩායම් දෙක අතර පැවැත්වෙන ඕවර 50 එක්දින තරගාවලියටත් යහපත් පෙරහුරුවකි. අළුගසා… Read More →

Mathews salvos Sri Lanka to victory after Sandakan strikes

Sri Lanka bowler Lakshan Sandakan (2-L) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Mangaliso Mosehle (not pictured) during the second T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 22, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka Skipper Angelo Mathews did fire the salvos in a typical captain’s knock of an unbeaten half century in even time in a characteristic mixture of the David and Goliath type of restraint coupled with aggression for Sri Lanka to break their barren run at long last by a 3-wicket T20 triumph over South Africa in the second and final match at Johannesburg to square the 2-match affair. In an ideally Sunday parade like show of muscle, Mathews salvaged the island nation’s dented image in the ongoing tour in a crispy knock that contained three lusty shots over the ropes and a boundary in 63 minutes with his strike rate soaring to 108.00. If Skipper Angelo Mathews fittingly played… Read More →

SLC clears the air on player injuries

Angelo Mathews

23rd January 2017, Colombo: Captain of Sri Lanka’s national team Angelo Mathews is expected to return to Sri Lanka to join his family this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced citing that prior to the tour Mathews had indicated that he would need time off to be there for the birth of his first child. SLC on Monday confirmed that he has been granted permission to return home. The next T-20 match which is to be held on the 25th of this month will be captained by Dinesh Chandimal. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and opener Dhanuskha Gunathilaka are expected to return home to Sri Lanka today, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed citing that both players are in… Read More →

Wounded Mathews wins it for Sri Lanka


Skipper remains unbeaten on 54 as visiting side levels T20I series with three-wicket victory Angelo Mathews, and by extension the Sri Lanka team, was down but certainly not out. Battling injury, the captain smacked two sixes in the last over to give his team a series-levelling three-wicket win in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday (January 22). Mathews made an unbeaten 54 as Sri Lanka chased down South Africa’s total of 113 with two balls left. However, the win came at a price. Mathews may have to sit out for the rest of the tour after rolling his right ankle when he put in a dive to avoid being run… Read More →

Miller, Ngidi set up win in rain-shortened match

South African batsman Heino Khun plays a shot during the first T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 20, 2017 at Supersport park in Centurion, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka falls 19 runs short after South Africa powers to 126 for 6 in ten-overs-a-side contest David Miller’s quick fire 40 helped set up South Africa’s victory over Sri Lanka. David Miller hit 40 off 18 balls to set up South Africa’s win in a rain-shortened first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on Friday(January 20). Miller’s power hitting enabled South Africa to score 126 for 6 in a match reduced to ten overs a side, before Sri Lanka reached 107 for 6, giving the home side victory by 19 runs. Sri Lanka’s chase was stymied first by Imran Tahir, the legspinner, who took 2 for 23 in his two overs – getting both openers in the sixth… Read More →

New look ammunition Sri Lanka could topple S. Africa in T20 opener

Sri Lanka T20 Squad

Battered and bruised in the three Test matches, Sri Lanka does get an opportunity to have a go at South Africa in the shortest version of the game, the T20 at Centurion on Friday January 20. A format that the island nation finds itself more at home as an exponent that has basked in instant cricket being one of the elite five nations to have won cricket’s world cup in 1996, indeed, Angelo Mathews altogether different cast to the ones that featured in the disastrous Test series, could derive morale boosting strength therein when Sri Lanka takes on the obviously odds on home favourites in their own backyard. To six of the Test squad including the talented young duo of… Read More →

ලංකා පිල දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ දී සති තුනකදි සිමිත ඕවර තරග අටක ට


ජනවාරි 20 සිට පෙබරවාරි 10 දක්වා සති තුනක කාලයක් තුළ ටී 20 තරග තුනකට හා ඕවර 50ක  සීමිත ඕවර  එක්දින තරග පහකට දකුණු අප්‍රිකානු පිල සමග සහභාගි වන තරුණ ක්‍රීඩකයන් කැළකින් සමන්විත ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට තවත් අත්දැකීම් රැසකටම මුහුණදීමට සිදුවනු ඇත. ටී 20 තරග තුන පිළිවෙලින් ජනවාරි 20, 22 හා 25 දිනවල සෙන්චුරියන් ජොහානස් බර්ග් හා කේප්ටවුන් නගරවලත් එක්දින සිමිත ඕවර තරග පහ ජනවාරි 18 පෙබරවාරි 1, 4, 7 හා 10 දිනවල පෝර්ට් එලිසබත්, ඩර්බන්, ජොහානස් බර්ග්, කේප්ටවුන් හා සෙන්චුරියන්  ක්‍රීඩාංගනවලත් පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතය. එක්දින තරගවල දස්කම් දක්වන නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල, අසේල ගුණරත්න, සචිත් පතිරණ, ධනුෂ්ක ගුණතිලක හා තීක්ෂිල ද සිල්වා විශේෂයෙන්ම ටී 20 තරගවල අලුතින් ලංකා පිලට එක්වන ක්‍රීඩකයෝය.  දකුණු අප්‍රිකානුවන් ටී 20 සහ ඕවර 50 තරගාවලියන් හි ලොව පෙරමුණේම සිටින… Read More →

Head coach Ford and staff have plateful on their hands


Skipper Angelo Mathews post-match statement that ‘it was my worst defeat as captain’ is indeed a manifestation as to how badly Sri Lanka was bruised by hosts South Africa in the 118-run innings defeat of the third Test match at Johannesburg last week. It signalled the 3-nil whitewash in a series Sri Lanka was comprehensively outplayed by the hosts in all departments of the game. If the losses in the first two Tests were smarting, the third Test annihilation of Mathews team rubbed the salt in the wounds. Of course, the swaying factor that made the big difference between the two teams was the superior South African pace bowling attack. At the New Wanderers Stadium pitch which is pace friendly… Read More →

පරාජය වූ ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියෙන් ඉගෙනගත යුතු දෑ බොහෝය

Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal (R) is congratulated by teammates as he walks the field during a bowling change during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 2, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිය තරග 0 – 3 කින් පරාජයට පත් වූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ටෙසට් කණ්ඩායමට එයින් ඉගෙනගත යුතු වූ කරුණු රැසකි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මෙලෙස ටෙස්ට් තරග 3ම පරාජයට පත් වූ 5 වැනි අවස්ථාව මෙය වේ.  මීට පෙර ඉන්දියාව සමග වරක් ද ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව සමග දෙවරක් ද මෙවර දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමග ද ලංකා පිල පරාජයට පත් විය.  මීට පෙර ලත් දරුණුම පරාජය 1993 – 94 වසරේ ඉන්දියාව වෙතින් ටෙස්ට් තරග තුනම දින තුනාමහරක කාලය තුල ඉනිමක දී පරාජය වීමයි.  සෙනසුරාදා නිම වූයේ දෙවැනි ලොකුම පරාජයයි.  දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ දී ලත් මේ පරාජයට ප්‍රධානම හේතුව වූයේ පිතිකරුවන් දැක්වූ දුර්වලතාවයයි. ටෙස්ට් තරග තුනේ ලංකා ඉනිම හයම ලකුණු 100 -300 සීමා වූ අතර එය කොහෙත් ම ප්‍රමාණවත් නොවීය.  ලංකා ඉනිම හයේ දී අර්ධ ශතක හතරක්… Read More →

Suranga Lakmal – a find in art of swing bowling

Suranga Lakmal

Swing bowling is an art when perfected to good measure is a thing of beauty to watch! The flying action, the foot rotation, and above all the two arms that dictate that final fling; one fronted up lending leverage to the delivery arm. Essentially the feet-arm, hip coordination as the swiveling chest as much overly perfects the delivery. Indeed, swing and out swing have down the years of the over century long game of ball versus bat decorated it in the science of fast bowling in a host of great names like Australia’s Ray Lindwall, Allan Davidson, Dennis Lillee to England’s Fred Trueman, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee, India’s Kapil Dev, and our own… Read More →

Outcome of the discussion with National team by officials held today


Colombo: Bouncing back graciously from a crushing defeat, Sri Lanka’s youngest test team led by Captain Angelo Mathews engaged in a lengthy discussion with President of Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala this afternoon. During the meeting, the captain affirmed his team’s commitment to re-strategize for the upcoming T20 and ODI in South Africa. The President convened this emergency meeting at the Sri Lanka Cricket Head Quarters with the participation of Vice-Presidents Jayantha Dharmadasa and K. Mathivanan along with Chairman of Selectors Committee Sanath Jayasuriya, Coach Graham Ford with Captain Angelo Mathews and Team Manager Ranjith Fernando. Chairman of Cricket Committee Aravinda de Silva, Secretary to the Board Mohan de Silva and High Performance Manager Simon Willis were also present… Read More →