Must win match for Sri Lanka in third ODI; Batsmen need to click

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By Srian Obeyesekere reporting from Abu Dhabi ‘Must Win’ will be the slogan word Sri Lanka will carry to Abu Dhabi’s Zayed  Cricket Stadium against Pakistan in the third day-night ODI on Thursday October 18. The reality to the  decisive task to skipper Upul Tharanga and his charges is like getting past the Rock of Gibraltar. Such is the rock hard cocoon Pakistan Safraz Ahmed’s team basks in. Their great escape from a precarious101 for 6 that Sri Lanka had pinned them to emerging the eventual winners by 32 runs on Tuesday to go 2-nil up is the best example of the aura that Pakistan glows in today in the biff bang game; an aura that looked a lonely word… Read More →

පාකිස්තානයට ලකුණු 32ක ජයග්‍රහණයක්

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බන්දුල මොල්ලිගොඩ අබුඩාබ් හි සිට ලියයි…… අබුඩාබ් හි පැවැත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා – පාකිස්තාන දෙවන එක්දින තරගයෙන් ද ලකුණු 32ක ජයක් ලැබූ පාකිස්තානය දැනට තරගාවලියේ ඉදිරියෙන් සිටින්නේ තරග 2 – 0 ක ලෙසිනි.  මුලින් පන්දුවට පහරදුන් පාකිස්තානය ඕවර 50 දී කඩුලු 9ක ට ලකුණු 219ක් වැනි අඩු සංඛ්‍යාවකට දැවී ගිය ද ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ද ඕවර 48 ක දී සියලු ක්‍රීඩකයින් දැවී ලබාගත්තේ ලකුණු 187කි. ලකුණු 220ක ජයග්‍රාහී ඉලක්කයක් හඹා යාමේ දී ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායක උපුල් තරංග ආරම්භක පිතිකරු ලෙස පිටියට පිවිසි අවසාන පිතිකරු ලෙස නොදැවී හුදකලා සටනක නියැළෙමින් ලංකා ජයග්‍රහණය වෙනුවෙන් පන්දු 144ක ට මුහුණ දී හතරේ 14ක් සමග නොදැවී 112ක් ලැබුවත් සහයට පිතිකරුවෙකු නොමැති වීමෙන් ලංකා ජයග්‍රහණය ද නොමැති විණි. උපුල් තරගංට හොඳ සහයක් දුන් අංක නවය පිතිකරු වැන්ඩසේ (පන්දු… Read More →

Gunathilaka ban revised by SLC ExCo

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Colombo, 17 th October 2017 The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday (16) decided to revise the suspension imposed on Dhanushka Gunathilaka upon consideration of the appeal made on behalf of Gunathilaka by the Sinhalese Sports Club. Gunathilaka was served a 6 International match suspension and imposed a fine of 20% of his Annual Contract fee having been found in breach of Section 30 of the SLC Constitution and several terms of his contract. Accordingly, Gunathilaka will now serve a suspension of 3 International matches (instead of 6) and be fined 20% of his Annual Contract fee, whilst he will serve the balance 3 International matches as a sentence suspended for one (1) year, whereby he shall be suspended… Read More →

Valiant captain’s knock by Upul Tharanga 112 not out cannot stave off defeat

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By Srian Obeyesekere reporting from Dubai A valiant unbeaten captain’s knock of 112 off 144 balls inclusive of 14 boundaries by Skipper Upul Tharanga’s could not lift Sri Lanka from a precarious 93 for 7 wickets as Pakistan won by 32 runs to take a 2-nil lead in the second day-night of 5 ODIs here at Abu Dhabi. Requiring 220 for victory at 4.38 an over, Sri Lanka walked the tight rope from 1 for 10 Niroshan Dickwella, 2 for 30 Kusal Mendis to 4 for 70 Lahiru Thirimanne by the 23rd over. Skipper Upul Tharanga lived dangerously on 36 surviving some close calls including a dropped catch in the slips. Dickwella was LBW to Junaid Khan in the second… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket confirms Pakistan T20 to be played in Lahore

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Colombo, 16th October 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (16) confirmed its commitment to play the third and final T20 game of the ongoing Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan on the 29th of October. SLC have over the past two months conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan, the PCB and independent Security experts and The Executive Committee today (16), evaluated the reports obtained together with the recommendation of the International Cricket Council – which successfully conducted the Independence Cup tournament in Lahore fielding a World XI Team – and having been fully satisfied with the stringent security measures in place, the SLC ExCo unanimously… Read More →

Sri Lanka seek to revive ODI image

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One-nil down, Sri Lanka will strive hard to revive its ODI fortunes when they take on Pakistan in the second ODI here in Abu Dhabi 3 pm Abu Dhabi time. It has been really hard testing times for the island nation in the biff bang game in its rebuilding journey on the back of new blood. The experienced campaigner Tharanga will seek to improve on its one day record of 4 wins and 17 ODI losses this year. The new look team will of course take courage from the 2-nil Test series drubbing handed to Pakistan that is still fresh in the nostrils. Sri Lanka’s immediate quest would be to forge ahead of ODI series losses to Zimbabwe, South Africa… Read More →

Sri Lanka lose opener by 83

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Sri Lanka found Pakistan’s 292 for 6 wickets too much losing by 83 runs in the opening ODI of the 5-match series in Dubai. Sri Lanka made 209 for 8 in 50 overs with Lahiru Thirimanne top scoring with 53 off 74 balls containing 3 boundaries. Pakistan, sent in to bat after Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga won the toss, lost opener Ahmed Shehzad for a duck dismissed by Gamage who had him well caught by Akila Dananjaya with the total on 11. But next man in Babar Azam saw to it that Sri Lanka did not drive home that advantage. He went on to strike a match winning 103 off 131 balls inclusive of 5 boundaries. Azam put on… Read More →

පාකිස්තානය ප්‍රථම එක්දින තරගය ජයගනී

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බාබර් අසාම් (103) සහ ෂොයිබ් මලික්ගේ (81) දක්ෂ පිතිහරඹයත් රුමාන් රයිස් සහ හසන් අලී කඩුලු තුන බැගින් දවාලීමත් මත පාකිස්තානය ප්‍රථම එක්දින තරගයේ දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පරදවා ලකුණු 83ක ජයග්‍රහණයක් අත්කර ගත්තේය. ඩුබායි පැවැති මේ තරගයේ දී මුලින් පන්දුවට පහර දුන් පාකිස්තානය ඕවර 50 අවසානයේ කඩුලු 6ක ට ලබාගත් ලකුණු 292ට පිළිතුරු ලෙස ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඕවර 50 අවසානයේ කඩුලු අටක් දැවී ලබාගත්තේ ලකුණු 209කි.  පාකිස්තාන පිතිකරුවන් සැලැස්මක් අනුව පන්දුවට පහරදෙමින් ඉනිමේ අඩක් යනතුරු ඕවරයකට හතර බැගින් වන සේද ඕවර 40ක් වන විට ලකුණු 200 සීමාව ඉක්මවමින් ඕවරයකට පහ බැගින් ද ලබා ඕවර අවසාන ඕවර 10 දී ලකුණු 89ක් ලබාගනිමින් ඕවරයකට සාමාන්‍ය ලකුණු හය අසලටම ලඟා වූහ. උපුල් තරංග කාසියේ වාසිය දිනා තීරණය කළේ පන්දුවට පහරදීම පාකිස්තානයට පැවරීමටය.  පාකිස්තානයට ප්‍රබල තත්ත්වයකට… Read More →

New international Test and ODI leagues agreed in principle by ICC members

ICC Media Release The Test series league will see nine teams play six series over two years – three home and three away, while the ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup and will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket League Championship. Nine-team Test league and 13-team ODI league aims to bring context and meaning to bilateral cricket ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar: “Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective… Read More →

Under 19 Squad prepares ahead of the Asia Cup

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Colombo, 13 th October 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (13) announced the following squad to participate in the Under 19 Asia Cup to be held in Malaysia from the 9th to 20th November 2017. The Squad which has received the ratification of the Minister of Sport, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera is as follows; 1. Kamindu Mendis – Captain 2. Jehan Daniel – Vice Captain 3. Ashen Bandara 4. Dhananjaya Lakshan 5. Nishan Mathushanka 6. Nipuna Dhananjaya 7. Hasitha Boyagoda 8. Krishan Sanjula 9. Nuwanidu Fernando 10. Randir Ranasinghe 11. Thisaru Rashmika 12. Nipun Ransika 13. P Jayawickrama 14. Kalana Perera 15. K. K. Kevin Standby: 1. V. Chathuranga 2. Ravindu Sanjana 3. H. Buddila 4. Thilan Prasanna The selected 15, have… Read More →