New Zealand 441 (McCullum 195, Neesham 85) and 107 for two beat Sri Lanka 138 (Boult 3-25, Wagner 3-60) and 407 (Karunaratne 152, Boult 4-100, Southee 4-91) by eight wickets. Set a meagre 105-run target on the fourth day of the first Test in Christchurch, they took 30.4 overs to complete the victory with Ross Taylor not out 39 and Kane Williamson on 31. It means New Zealand have won five Tests in a calendar year for the first time after enjoying 2014 series wins at home against India (1-0) and away in the West Indies (2-1). They also drew a series with Pakistan (1-1) in the UAE earlier this month. Although Williamson and Taylor steered New Zealand home, the… Read More →
Trent Boult’s late strikes helped New Zealand wrest control of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday (December 28), after Dimuth Karunaratne’s maiden Test century gave the visiting side a glimmer of hope on the third day in Christchurch. Sri Lanka had nearly erased its 303-run first innings deficit with seven wickets in hand when Boult dragged the game back in New Zealand’s favour at the Hagley Oval. He dismissed the resolute Karunaratne for 152 and Niroshan Dickwella for 4 as Sri Lanka was reduced to 293 for 5 at close of play – still trailing by 10 runs. Boult ended the day with figures of 3 for 62 while Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 53 alongside Tharindu Kaushal (5 not… Read More →
Trent Boult ran riot to leave Sri Lanka gasping as New Zealand took control of proceedings during day 2 of the first Test on Saturday (December 27) in Christchurch. Boult returned figures of 3 for 25 in his 11 overs, as New Zealand bowled Sri Lanka out for 138 in the first innings, 303 runs behind its first-innings total of 441. Following on, Sri Lanka fared much better the second time around as it reached 84 at stumps without losing a wicket. Sri Lanka needs 219 runs to make New Zealand bat again. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva remained unbeaten on 49 and 33 respectively when stumps were drawn. New Zealand started the day at 429 for 7, but it… Read More →
A record-breaking Brendon McCullum was at his aggressive best as he led New Zealand to an imposing 429 for 7 on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Friday (December 26). McCullum admitted at the toss that he would have liked to bowl first on a green surface, but once inserted, he put his side in a commanding position with the fastest century ever hit in Test cricket for his country. On the way, he also became the first New Zealand batsman to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year. He, however, missed out on a double century, scoring a whirlwind 195 off only 134 deliveries that included 11 sixes and 18 fours. In… Read More →
Colts CC emerged as champions of the SLC Premier Limited Over Tournament beating defending champions SSC by a comprehensive 56 runs in the final match played at R Premadasa today (21). Chasing 252 for victory, SSC were shot out for 195 with 8.3 overs to spare. Colts - 251/9 (50 overs) : Bhanuka Rajapakse 80, Kusal Perera 55, Roshen Silva 40 Thisara Perera 5/34, Binura Fernando 3/40. SSC - 195 all out (41.3 overs) : Dhanushka Gunathilake 40, Thisara Perera 37, Thilina Kandamby 34, Nuwan Kulasekara 4/30, Shehan Jayasuriya 3/33. Colts CC won by 56 runs Bhanuka Rajapaksa was named man of the match while according to the tournament statistics, 20-year old left-hander from Ragama CC, Lahiru Milantha ended as the highest run-scorer… Read More →
Sri Lanka National team left the island for New Zealand this morning for a tour which will get underway on Sunday (21st)with a practice game against NZ A in Queenstown Dec 21. The team is to play 2 Test matches and 7 ODIs. Christchurch will host the opening Test match of the series on December 26.
It was just about the perfect finish. Stumped Sangakkara, bowled Jayawardene brought the curtain down not only on the mismatched seven-game One-Day International series between Sri Lanka and England, but also on the home ODI careers of two of the most glittering gems in Sri Lanka’s cricketing crown. Tillakaratne Dilshan produced a typically bruising century, and then followed it up with a three-wicket burst, to fashion Sri Lanka’s 87-run win in the final game at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday (December 16), but this night was all about Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. While Sangakkara will still play Test cricket in Sri Lanka, this was Jayawardene’s last international outing on home soil. Neither legend made a massive impression with the bat,… Read More →
National team sponsor, Dialog Axiata, launched the official Sri Lanka Cricket 2015 World Cup Song, ‘Sri Lanka Api Thamai’, at a grand musical extravaganza held at the CR&FC in Colombo on Monday.
Asian Games medal winning men’s and women’s cricket teams were felicitated by the Minister of Sports and Sri Lanka Cricket at a function held on Monday.
ICC Media Release Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the sixth One-Day International against England in Pallekele on Saturday. Sangakkara was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.” The incident happened at the beginning of the 34th over in Sri Lanka’s innings when Sangakkara got involved in a prolonged discussion with on-field umpire Bruce Oxenford, disputing the umpire’s decision to not allow Sri Lanka to take the batting Powerplay at that time. Two balls later, following the dismissal of Tillakaratne… Read More →
Kumar Sangakkara’s 20th One-Day International century, and seven wickets between Sachithra Senanayake and Suranga Lakmal helped Sri Lanka beat England by 90 runs in the sixth match of the seven-match series at Pallekele International Stadium on Saturday (December 13). Sangakkara’s run-a-ball 112, after being dropped by Alastair Cook on 41, in his last international match in his hometown of Kandy set up the match perfectly for a series-winning victory, and the bowlers responded with a commanding display to bowl out England for 202 in 41.3 overs. England’s chase of 292 got off to an unhappy start as Senanayake trapped Cook in front of the wicket in the third ball of the innings. Tillakaratne Dilshan then dismissed Moeen Ali for the… Read More →
Media Release The Selection Committee at a meeting held selected the following squad for the 6th and 7th ODI’s of the England Tour of Sri Lanka 01 Angelo Mathews 02 T M Dilshan 03 Mahela Jayawardene 04 Kumar Sangakkara O5 Lahiru Thirimanne 06 Dimuth Karunarathna 07 Dinesh Chandimal 08 Jeevan Mendis 09 Sachithra Senanayaka 10 Seekkuge Prasanna 11 Thisara Perera 12 Suranga Lakmal 13 Dammika Prasad 14 Dilruwan Perera 15 Lakshan Sandakan This has been approved by the Hon.Minister.
England stayed alive in the seven-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka after easing to a five-wicket victory in the fifth match at the Pallekele International Stadium on Thursday (December 11). Riding on Joe Root’s unbeaten century on the reserve day – rain made it impossible for the second innings to be played on Wednesday – England achieved the target of 240 in the final over with five balls to spare, leaving the series tantalisingly poised at 3-2. It was the highest successful chase in an ODI on the ground. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 239 in 49 overs after Chris Woakes ran through the line-up to return 6 for 47. Sri Lanka’s relatively competitive total was… Read More →
Rain prevented England’s chase of 240 to win its fifth One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Wednesday (December 10) from taking off, coming down at the end of the Sri Lankan innings and ensuring the game would spill over to Thursday, the reserve day. When play starts on Thursday, at the usual 2.30pm local time, England would get its full 50 overs – unless, of course, weather plays spoilsport again – to try and stay alive in the seven-ODI series. Earlier on Wednesday, England’s bowlers kept Sri Lanka on a tight leash. England, lagging 3-1 behind, had its bowlers – Chris Woakes in particular – giving them a fighting chance even as rain clouds hovered over the Pallekele… Read More →
Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named The following players for the Test Squad of the New Zealand tour. Angelo Mathews (Captain) Kaushal Silva Dimuth Karunaratne Kumar Sangakkara Lahiru Thirimanne Niroshan Dickwella Prasanna Jayawardena Dinesh Chandimal Dilruwan Perera P.H.T Kaushal Shaminda Eranga Suranga Lakmal Dhammika Prasad Dushmantha Chameera Nuwan Pradeep Rangana Herath * (Rangana Herath may not take part in the 1st Test owing to personal reasons) This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.