Herath jumps to fifth in Test bowler rankings


Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has returned to the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after registering his seventh 10-wicket haul which helped Sri Lanka to win the third Test by 163 runs and the series 3-0. Herath, 38, recorded figures of six for 81 and seven for 64 in the Colombo Test, which has helped him to move three places up to fifth in the latest rankings which were released on Thursday morning. This is Herath’s highest-ranking since he achieved fourth spot following the Wellington Test against New Zealand in January 2015. The bowlers’ list is headed by England’s James Anderson, who leads India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin by 12 points. Dale Steyn,… Read More →

Seven-star Herath sets up Sri Lankan sweep


Rangana Herath, the veteran left-arm spinner, took 7 for 64 as Sri Lanka completed a dominant 163-run win over Australia in the third and final Test on Wednesday (August 17), knocking Steve Smith’s men off the top of the ICC Test rankings chart after a 3-0 clean sweep. Australia was set a target of 324 for a consolation win on the final day at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club after Sri Lanka declared its second innings closed at 347 for 8, but crumbled after a bright start to be bowled out before tea for 160. Dilruwan Perera, the off-spinner, picked up two wickets while Moises Henriques was run out as Sri Lanka’s spinners continued to maintain their stranglehold over the Australian… Read More →

Sri Lanka U19s whitewash England U19s


Avishka Fernando hit his second century in consecutive matches as Sri Lanka’s Under-19s completed a 3-0 whitewash in the Royal London One-Day Series with a 24–run win in Canterbury. Fernando’s 134-ball 138 had 15 fours and 4 sixes while fellow opener Jayalath managed a solid 67 from 94 balls. Fast-bowler Ben Green captured 3 wickets while George Panayi and Ben Twohig picked up two wickets apiece. In reply, England managed only to score 276 for 9 in their quota of 50 overs as the disciplined Sri Lankan U19s bowling attack defended their score of 300. Leg-spinner, Wanidu Hasaranga bagged 3 wickets for the visitors while left-arm spinner Damitha Silva and fast-bowler Lahiru Kumara picked two wickets each. Brief Scores: Sri… Read More →

Silva century opens up 288-run lead for Sri Lanka


A battling century from Kaushal Silva gave Sri Lanka a 288-run second innings lead on the fourth day of the third and final Test of the series against Australia at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Tuesday (August 16). Sri Lanka, which is looking at a rare series whitewash after winning the first two Tests, was 312 for 8 with only one day left in the game. Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored a century in the first innings, was unbeaten on 44 with Suranga Lakmal on naught at close of play. The day belonged to Silva, who had six stitches on the webbing of the little finger of his left hand after injuring himself while fielding on Monday. Silva, 30,… Read More →

Heroic Dhananjaya de Silva the Yul Brynner of cricket


Coming tops in 5 wickets down for 26 dire situations that would usually simply devour a greenhorn are the type of heroics on which stars are born; What is more in such middle order situations that had progressively been Sri Lanka’s bogey in recent years. Walking to the middle with the cream of the batting back in the pavilion, it took some cricket savvy and guts to do what ton up young Dananjaya de Silva did. The 24-year old lad, who just over a fortnight ago told me with a laugh here and there that it was softball cricket that led him on a cricket career, indeed carved out an incredible innings; an innings importantly built on sheer confidence of… Read More →

Herath scalps six to restrict Australian lead


Centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith finally gave Australia hope of victory in the final Test against Sri Lanka on Monday (August 15) but its plans of taking a big first-innings lead were thwarted by Rangana Herath. Smith and Marsh put on 246 runs for the second wicket as Australia fought gamely after restricting Sri Lanka to 355 in its first innings, but Herath then took charge of proceedings with a six-wicket haul at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Australia was eventually bowled out for 379, a 24-run lead that was reduced to just two by the end of Day 3 as Sri Lanka reached 22, having lost Dilruwan Perera along the way, trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc for eight…. Read More →

Australia hits back with Marsh, Smith fifties

Sri Lanka cricketer Dinesh Chandimal celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

Battling half-centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith helped Australia’s fightback against Sri Lanka on the second day of the third and final Test at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Sunday (August 14). Following David Warner’s dismissal for 11, Smith joined Marsh at the crease and the two stitched together an unbeaten 120-run stand, rallying Australia to a commanding 141 for 1 at close in response to Sri Lanka’s 355. Dhananjaya de Silva, resuming on 116, was dismissed early on Sunday for 129, but Dinesh Chandimal, who started the day at 64, held fort and went on to bring up a century for himself, thus furthering Sri Lanka’s recovery after it had been reduced to 26 for 5 on… Read More →

Fernando, Ashan lead SL to series-clinching victory

The Winning team after the match

Sri Lanka U-19s 318 for 9 (Fernando 117, Ashan 77*) beat England U-19s 315 for 8 (Hankins 98, Bartlett 85, Moores 70, Kumara 4-56) by one wicket.  Sri Lanka held their nerve and made history to claim the Royal London Under-19 one-day series with one match to spare after a tense finish in Chelmsford. The Sri Lankans, who had won the first match of the series comfortably in Wormsley last Wednesday, seemed to be cruising again at 229 for three in the 36th over, after England had posted 315 for 8. But the dismissal of their opener Avishka Fernando for an excellent 117, breathed fresh life into the contest and leaving Sri Lanka nine wickets down and still needing two to win at… Read More →

De Silva, Chandimal lead Sri Lanka recovery


A fighting maiden Test century from Dhananjaya de Silva and an equally stubborn half-century from Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka recover from deep trouble on the first day of the third and final Test against Australia at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Saturday (August 13). Sri Lanka was reduced to 26 for 5 within 17 overs, and was in danger of being shot out cheaply, but the sixth wicket pair of de Silva (116 not out) and Chandimal (64 not out) fought back with a stunning unbroken 188-run stand to take their side to 214 for 5 from 90 overs. Sri Lanka opted to bat first after winning the toss, but it was Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon who… Read More →