Greater discipline required by Sri Lankan batsmen

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (R) plays a shot during the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 29, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka’s 206-run first Test debacle must certainly raise question marks in Skipper Angelo Mathews camp. While the Sri Lankan bowlers did a good job dismissing the opposition for 286 in the first innings, the batting floundering for 201 in reply sqaundered the good work of the bowlers, thus putting the onus on them when South Africa batted a second time to declare on an imposing 406 for 6 wickets. Only relative newcomer Dhananjaya played a disciplined innings to top score with 43 followed by skipper Mathews’ 39 with Dinsh Chandimal at the top order unable to convert his 28 in to bigger things. That apart, it was all pathetic with the top four of Dimuth Karunaratne (05), Kaushal Silva… Read More →

South Africa goes 1-0 up after 206-run win

South African bowler Kyle Abbott (CL) and fielder Temba Bavuma (CR) celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman and Captain Angelo Mathews (L) during the fifth and last day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 30, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Kyle Abbott struck the early decisive blows to set up a 206-run win for South Africa on the fifth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park. It took South Africa just 70 minutes and 13.3 overs on Friday (December 30) to claim the remaining five Sri Lankan wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 281, adding just 41 runs to the overnight score of 240 for 5. Abbott dismissed Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, for 59 in the third over of the day, and Dhananjaya de Silva (22) followed four overs later. Both were dismissed leg before wicket by deliveries that would have hit the top of… Read More →

Rabada double puts South Africa on course

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (CL) and captain Faf du Plessis (L) celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis during the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 29, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Two crucial breakthroughs by Kagiso Rabada helped South Africa whittle away at a stubborn Sri Lankan line-up on the fourth day of the first Test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday (December 29). Having been set an improbable 488 for victory after South Africa declared its second innings closed at 406 for 6, Sri Lanka was 240 for 5 at the close of play. Angelo Mathews, the skipper, and Dhananjaya de Silva were in the middle, the last recognised pair keeping Sri Lankan hopes alive. Paceman Rabada twice dismissed set batsmen, both times with the second ball of a new spell, to eat into Sri Lanka’s resistance. He first trapped Kaushal Silva leg before wicket for 48 with his second… Read More →

Cook ton hands South Africa control

South African batsman Stephen Cook (R) raises his bat and helmet as he celebrates after scoring a century (100 Runs) during the second day of the first cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 28, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth stadium, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Stephen Cook’s century led a combined batting effort to hand South Africa control of the opening Test against Sri Lanka on the third day at St George’s Park on Wednesday (December 28). Cook’s 117, his third century in only seven Tests, guided his side to 351 for 5 at stumps. That gave South Africa a lead of 432 after Vernon Philander’s 5 for 45 earlier in the day saw Sri Lanka dismissed in its first innings for 205, having conceded a lead of 81. No team has successfully chased more than 271 in the fourth innings at this ground. Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock were batting at 41 and 42 at the close, having added a brisk 74 off 92… Read More →

Sri Lanka turned early holocaust to end 2016 on landmark note licking Aussies, Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka Test Team

On a rebuilding curve from a holocaust by a veteran player drain holocaust that undermined the beginning of the year by away series losses to New Zealand and England to new fortunes on a youth blitz sweeping of Australia in a historic home series triumph followed by success in Zimbabwe brought back Sri Lanka in a remarkably magnificent comeback high ending the year 2016. Indeed, Sri Lanka was looking down the barrel entering 2016 when New Zealand and England proved to be too much for the island nation driven in to new generation pastures by the retirement of frontline players. Devoid of longtime class performers on whose class acts its cricket thrust had thrived a decade long, Sri Lanka had… Read More →

De Silva firm but South Africa pacers reign

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the second day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 27, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Dhananjaya de Silva’s dogged innings kept Sri Lanka afloat on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (December 27). De Silva hit 43 not out as Sri Lanka managed 181 for 7 – trailing South Africa’s first-innings total by 105 runs – before bad light brought an end to the day’s play Reducing Sri Lanka to 22 for 3, Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott, the South Africa pacemen, put the visiting batsmen under the pump early on in seam-friendly conditions. Angelo Mathews helped the side avoid a collapse with a steady 39 before de Silva strode out at No. 7 and played a gritty innings, with good support… Read More →

එදා සිට අද දක්වා පාසල් ක්‍රිකට්

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ආසියානු අවුරුදු 19න් පහළ කුසලානය ඉන්දියාව දිනා ගැනීමෙන් පසුව නොබෝදා තරගාවලිය නිමාවට පත් වූ මේ අවස්ථාව ශ්‍රී ලංකා යෞවනයන් එහි දී තරග වැදුණු විලාශයක් එදා සහ අද පාසල් ක්‍රිකට් තත්ත්වයන් පිළිබඳව කතා කිරීමට හොඳම වේලාවයි. ඉන්දියාව අවුරුදු 19න් පහළ ආසියානු ක්‍රිකට් කුසලානය මෙවර දිනාගත්තේ පිටපිටම තෙවන වතාවටය.  මෙයින් පෙනී යන්නේ ඉන්දීය පාසල් ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව ඉතාමත් දියුණු තත්ත්වයක දැන් පවතින බවය.  අසල්වැසි නේපාලය සහ මැලේසියාව සීඝ්‍ර දියුණුවක් ලබා සිටී. නේපාලය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පරාජය වූයේ ලකුණකිනි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා 19න් පහළ කණ්ඩායම විශිෂ්ඨ දස්කම් නොපෙන්වූවත් තරගාවලිය පුරාම දස්කම් පෑමට ලංකා ක්‍රීඩකයෝ සමත් වූහ. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාසල් ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව ස්වර්ණමය ඉතිහාසයකට හිමිකම් කියයි.  1960 දශකයේ සිට දශක තුනක් පමණම ලොව හොඳම පාසල් ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව පැවතුනේ අප රටේය.  අද තරම් තරග කාරිත්වයක් එදා නොතිබුණත් ජාතික… Read More →

Lakmal four-for keeps South Africa to 267/6

Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal (L) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Hashim Amla (R) during the first day of the first cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 26, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth stadium, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Suranga Lakmal took four wickets and Rangana Herath chipped in with two to give Sri Lanka a slight advantage on the first day of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Monday (December 26). Lakmal took 4 for 62 in 23 overs, while Herath had 2 for 48 in 20 overs as South Africa reached 267 for 6 at the end of a day on which it failed to capitalise on a big opening partnership between Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar and a half-century from JP Duminy. Lakmal stopped the South African run by taking the first three wickets – of the openers and that of Hashim Amla – and later dismissed… Read More →

Rangana Herath in ICC Test XI: A cricketer’s dream to sit on the mountain top

Rangana Herath

Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath named in an elite International Cricket Council (ICC) Test XI of the Year to be skippered by England’s Alistair Cook is cutti ng edge definition rocketing the 38-year old island nation’s spinner’s status quo in the international firmament. In a composition that sees four England players including Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes, and two Australians David Warner and Adam Voges followed by Kane Williamson of New Zealand and R. Ashwin of India picked by a 3-man panel comprising Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara, Indian captain Virat Kohli, the man who has been the batting sensation of 2016, is a notable omission. Cook has been bestowed the honour of captaining the… Read More →

Rangana Herath Makes it to the ICC Leaderboard, included in the ICC Test Team of the Year

Rangana Herath

Sri Lanka’s very own Rangana Herath has been included in the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test Team of the Year. The ICC Test and ODI teams were selected by Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara, who made the selection based on the players’ performances during the period 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016. Herath’s selection along with some of the best players in the world makes it a proud moment for Sri Lanka Cricket. England’s Alastair Cook has been named as captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year, which includes four Englishmen, three Australians, and a player each from New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Herath, currently ranked No. 3 in… Read More →

Sri Lanka take on India at the Finals of Youth Asia Cup 2016 Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Under 19

The final match of the ACC Youth Asia Cup 2016 Sri Lanka is scheduled to get underway tomorrow at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The Day/Night match will be played between India and Sri Lanka as the two top teams in the tournament exert their maximum skills to emerge as the triumphant winner of the ACC Youth Asia Cup 2016. The matches leading up to the final day have been hard fought, with spectators being treated to some engaging cricketing moments since the tournament began. The Sri Lanka Cricket Team consists of Kamindu Mendis (Captain), Ashen Bandara, Ravindu Sanjana, Hareen Buddhila, Jehan Daniel, Revan Kelly, Hasitha Boyagoda, Thisaru Rashmika Dilshan, Praveen Jayawickrema, Vishva Chathuranga, Lasith Croospulle, Wanitha Wanninayake, Thilan… Read More →

සතියේ ක්‍රිකට් පුවත් – 22/12/2016

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ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සමග තරග වදින දකුණු අප්‍රිකා කණ්ඩායම දෙසැම්බර් මස 26 වැනිදා ආරම්භවන ශ්‍රී ලංකා දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේ ප්‍රථම හා දෙවන ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකට සහභාගි වන දකුණු අප්‍රිකා කණ්ඩායමට ඔවුනගේ වේගවත්ම පන්දුයවන්නන් දෙදෙනා වන මොනී මෝකල් සහ ඩේල් ස්ටේන් ආබාධ මත සහභාගි නොවෙති.  මොවුන් දෙදෙනා ලොව වත්මන් වේගවත්ම පන්දු යවන්නන් දෙදෙනෙකි.  මීට අමතරව පසුගියදා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව සමග තරග වැදුණු දකුණු අප්‍රිකා කණ්ඩායමේ රිලී රොසොව් සහ තබ්රිස් සම්සි ද කණ්ඩායමට අයත් නොවේ. තෙවන ටෙස්ට් තරගයට සහභාගි වන දකුණු අප්‍රිකා කණ්ඩායම පසුව නම් කෙරේ.  දකුණු අප්‍රිකා කණ්ඩායමට නායකත්වය දෙන්නේ ෆෆ් ඩු ප්ලෙසිස් ය. ක්‍රීඩකයන් 13 කගෙන් සමන්විත දකුණු අප්‍රිකා සංචිතය – ෆෆ් ඩු ප්ලෙසිස් (නායක), කේල් ඇබට්, හසීම් අම්ලා, ටෙම්බා බවුමා, ස්ටීවන් කොන්, කෙයුනිස් බ්‍රයන්, කුයින්ට ඩි කොක්, ජේ. පී. ඩුමනි,… Read More →

Rangana Herath named in ICC Test team of the year

ICC Test Team of the Year 2016

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year. Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara selected the sides based on players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016. England’s Alastair Cook has been named as captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year, which includes four Englishmen, three Australians, and a player each from New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. This is the third time Cook has been appointed captain of the Test side, while it the eighth time in nine years that Dale Steyn has been selected. Joe Root, David Warner and Kane Williamson have been chosen for the third successive… Read More →