Sangakkara returns to the top of the world

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Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number-one Test batting spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his 10th double century in the Galle Test which Sri Lanka won by seven wickets to lead Pakistan by 1-0 in a two-Test series. Sangakkara, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo in 2012, scored 221 and 21 in the Test, which earned him 31 ratings points that, in turn, helped him to dethrone AB de Villiers from the top pedestal. The South African had snatched the number-one spot from his team-mate Hashim Amla in October 2013 and spent a total stretch of 287 days and 33 Tests at the top. Sangakkara had first… Read More →

Saeed Ajmal reported for suspected illegal bowling action

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ICC Media Release Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side’s seven-wicket loss in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium on Sunday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to Pakistan team manager Moin Khan on Sunday, cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect and concluded that the bowler’s action needed to be tested. Ajmal’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 21 days, and, during this period, Ajmal is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results… Read More →

Herath the hero as Sri Lanka nails thriller

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Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling seven-wicket win against Pakistan on Sunday (August 10), the final day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium, amidst threats of rain and bad light. Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, starred with a six-wicket haul for Sri Lanka. Herath’s 6 for 48 helped Sri Lanka bundle Pakistan out for 180 in its second innings. Needing 99 from a minimum of 21 overs, Sri Lanka reached home in the 17th over. In a rare move, Sri Lanka opted to open the innings with Mahela Jayawardena. The veteran batsman, who is due to retire from the format at the end of this series, top-scored with 26. Kumar Sangakkara chipped in with 21 before Angelo… Read More →

Pakistan slips after Sangakkara’s double ton

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Kumar Sangakkara stole the show on the fourth day with a sterling double century in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle on Saturday (August 9). Sangakkara made 221, his tenth 200-plus score, as Sri Lanka declared its first innings at 533 for 9 shortly before stumps and a lead of 82 runs over Pakistan’s 451. Only Don Bradman, with 12 double centuries, has achieved more 200+ scores than Sangakkara. Sri Lanka then had Khurram Manzoor caught behind for 3 off Rangana Herath to keep Pakistan to 4 for 1 in six overs before the close of play. Ahmed Shehzad was on 1 and Saeed Ajmal, the nightwatchman, had yet to score at stumps. Sangakkara was offered… Read More →

Sangakkara, Jayawardene keep Sri Lanka on track

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Kumar Sangakkara hit his 37th Test century and combined with Mahela Jayawardene to put Sri Lanka on the path to safety on a rain-affected third day of the first Test against Pakistan. Sangakkara now sits on fourth place in the list of Test century-makers, and his unbeaten hundred underpinned Sri Lanka’s batting effort on Friday (August 8) in Galle, with the home side reaching 252 for 2 at tea before heavy rains ensured no further play was possible. Only 46 of the stipulated 90 overs were possible due to the wet weather, and a draw looked the most likely result after three days, with only 12 wickets having fallen overall. Sri Lanka had resumed on the overnight score of 99 for… Read More →

Sri Lanka off to steady start after Younus ton

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Sri Lanka got off to a steady start in reply to Pakistan’s first-innings score of 451, reaching 99 for 1 by stumps on Day 2 of the first Test in Galle on Thursday (August 7). Upul Tharanga was the batsman dismissed, trapped leg before for 19 in the fifth over from Junaid Khan. The left-hander reviewed the umpire’s decision, but TV replays revealed that the ball would have gone on to hit the leg stump. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara then consolidated the innings, adding 75 for the second wicket. There were seven boundaries in Silva’s 94-ball 38, while Sangakkara (36 not out) was more circumspect and worked predominantly in ones and twos. Pakistan, resuming at its overnight score of… Read More →

Navy Women emerge champions

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Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club Women’s cricket team pulled off a thrilling one-run win over Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club in the SLC conducted Division one 50-over tournament final played at Colts Cricket Ground, Colombo 5 yesterday. Shashikala Siriwardene took 3 wickets for 25 runs and Udeshika Prabodhini took 2 wickets for 16 runs. Navy Sports Club Women: 126 all out in 49.5 overs (Suwini de Alwis 24, Maduri Samuddika 22, Dedunu Silva 19, Deepika Rasangika 16, Chamila Peiris 2-34, Ama Kanchana 1-13, Oshadhi Ranasinghe 1-14, Chamari Polgampola 1-31) Air Force SC Women: 125 all out in 49.2 overs (Yasodha Mendis 26, Chamani Seneviratne 24, Oshadhi Ranasinghe 21, Sripali Weerakkody 15, Chamari Atapattu 10, Shashikala Siriwardene 3-25, Udeshika Prabodhani… Read More →

Younis leads Pakistan recovery in Galle

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Younis Khan hit an unbeaten 133 to steer Pakistan out of trouble on the opening day of its first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday (August 6). After choosing to bat, Pakistan slumped to 56 for 3 before Younis helped it recover to 261 for 4 when bad light ended play two overs early. Younis, 36, walked in with the scoreboard reading 19 for 2, and hit 11 boundaries and a six as he scored his 24th Test century. Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, made a determined 31 while putting on 100 for the fourth wicket with Younis before he was caught behind off Rangana Herath. Asad Shafiq then saw off the second new ball to help Younis add 105… Read More →

Sri Lanka seeks to climb the Test rankings

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ICC Media Release The two-Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan gets underway in Galle on 6 August, with the host aiming to improve its ranking in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table, and Pakistan looking to retain its third position. Pakistan is currently ranked third with 103 ratings points, while Sri Lanka is eight ratings points behind in sixth position, with 95 ratings points. While the final rankings of each team are heavily dependent on the ongoing five-Test series between England and India, both will be aiming for a series win to avoid downwards movement. The five-Test series between England and India will end a day after the series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan finishes. The series between England and India… Read More →

Sri Lanka name Test squad for Pakistan series

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Media Release The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the two test matches against Pakistan. 1.Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2.Lahiru Thrimanne (Vice Captain) 3.Kaushal Silva 4.Upul Tharanga 5.Kumar Sangakkara 6.Mahela Jayawardena 7.Kithuruwan Vithanage 8.Niroshan Dickwella 9.Rangana Herath 10.Dilruwan Perera 11.Shaminda Eranga (Subject to fitness) 12.Suranga Lakmal (Subject to fitness) 13.Chanaka Welagedara 14.Dhammika Prasad 15.Nuwan Pradeep This has been approved by the Hon.Minister.

South Africa grinds its way to No.1 spot

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South Africa’s tailenders put on a gritty effort that was led by Vernon Philander to fight off Sri Lanka’s spinners to snatch a thrilling draw in the second Test and seal a 1-0 series win at Colombo on Monday (July 28). The series victory ended South Africa’s jinx of 21 years in Sri Lanka, after winning a series in the island in its first tour in 1993. South Africa won the first Test in Galle by 153 runs. Chasing 369 for a win, South Africa was struggling at 148 for 8 in the final session of the Test, but Philander (27 not out) and Imran Tahir (4 not out) hung on in the final nine overs to finish at 159… Read More →

South Africa needs 331 more on final day

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Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, struck half-centuries as Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 229 for 8 to set South Africa a target of 369 on Sunday (July 27), the fourth day of the series-deciding second Test at Colombo. Sangakkara scored 72, his tenth score in excess of 50 this year, while Mathews remained unbeaten on 63. In reply, South Africa lost Alviro Petersen, who fell for a duck, early, when he was caught off Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner before reaching 38 for 1 after 17 overs when stumps were drawn. The visitor now needs 331 more runs off a minimum of 98 overs to be bowled on the final day. Sri Lanka started… Read More →

Dickwella fined and reprimanded

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee and also received an official reprimand after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident on day three of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Cricket Club (SSC) in Colombo. Dickwella admitted to the charge and accepted the sanction imposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees without the need to convene a disciplinary hearing. Through his admission, Dickwella was found to have breached Level 1 Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states: “Where the… Read More →

Sri Lanka well ahead despite Amla ton

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Hashim Amla played a captain’s knock and was unbeaten on 139 but Sri Lanka was the one in the driver’s sear at the second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo on Saturday (July 26). Sri Lanka bowled out South Africa for 282 in its first innings, but Amla did well to keep the hosts at bay for nearly eight hours. It was Sri Lanka’s dynamic spin duo of Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath that left the visitors in a tangle. While Perera took 5 for 69, his second five-for in Tests, Herath finished with figures of 4 for 71. South Africa’s struggles against spin was made more apparent by the fact that aside from Amla, none of the… Read More →