VIDEO: Angelo Mathews after winning the second Test


Not forgetting the support staff @sanath07 and all selectors and @OfficialSLC and all the fans for backing us right throughout.#grateful — Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) August 6, 2016 Massive effort by the boys.dilruwan was brilliant,@HerathRSL and all others chipped in to get this win.So proud and thankful to my boys! — Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) August 6, 2016

Dilruwan Perera the star as Sri Lanka seals series win

Sri Lanka beat Australia

Dilruwan Perera’s six-wicket haul on the third morning helped Sri Lanka seal a historic 229-run win over Australia in the second Test at the Galle International Stadium on Saturday (August 6). Dilruwan ended with figures of 6 for 70 and a match-haul of 10 for 99, as Australia was bowled out for 183 in its second innings, chasing a big target of 413. Dilruwan also became the first Sri Lanka cricketer to hit a half-century and bag 10 wickets in the same Test. The win, coming on the heels of a 106-run win in the second Test, gave Sri Lanka a 2-0 lead in the three-match series and its first series win over Australia in 17 years, with the previous one having… Read More →

Sandakan New Murali in the Bag: The colts formed a Magnificent Eleven

Lakshan Sandakan

In many ways it was a historic win beating the might of the world – the Australians at Pallekelle in the first Test match given the heavy odds Sri Lanka braved.  That the young colts or the young ones played a significant role in the 106-run triumph with the 25-year old Lakshan Sandakan  with his match figures of 7 for emerged as a new Murali in the bag for Sri Lanka was fantastic. Putting the efforts of Sandakan, the discovery from Ragama and batsman Kusal Mendis for his 176 run marathon effort into one basket together with Dananjaya de Silva’s utility effort of 32 runs and a vital breakthrough was magnificent stuff. Enter the Trojan Rangana Herath’s 9 wicket match… Read More →

U 19: Sri Lanka’s youth fires England to home defeat

Lahiru Kumara

Sri Lanka Cricket youth made England Under-19s suffer their first home defeat in six years in a four-day match as an outstanding bowling performance by Lahiru Kumara fired Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory in Northampton and clinch the series 1-0. Lahiru Kumara claimed four more wickets as England were bowled out for 192 in their second innings. Lahiru finished with match figures of 11 for 134, and left Sri Lanka needing only 94 for victory. Sri Lanka youth knocked them off for the loss of three wickets, meaning they win the two-match series 1-0 after England enjoyed the better of a rain-affected draw in Cambridge last week. England’s last home four-day defeat had also come against Sri Lanka in… Read More →

Australia in trouble after 21-wicket day

Rangana Herath celebrates with team mates

Australia began day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Friday (August 5) on 54 for 2. At stumps, it was 25 for 3, with 21 wickets having fallen on a day that had Rangana Herath taking a hat-trick and Mitchell Starc returning 6 for 50 for match figures of 11 for 94. However, with Australia having been set a target of 413 for an unlikely series-levelling win, it was the home side who was in prime position to force a series-clinching win. At stumps, David Warner (22 not out) was holding fort with Steven Smith, the captain, who was unbeaten on 1. But Australia still needs another 388 runs with only seven wickets standing. Australia’s… Read More →

Sri Lanka battles back after Starc five-for

Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc, Australia’s pace spearhead, bagged a five-wicket haul to help bowl Sri Lanka out for 281 on the first day of the second Test in Galle on Thursday (August 4). Starc, who took his 100th Test wicket when he dismissed the in-form Kusal Mendis for 86, finished with figures of 5 for 44, keeping the visitor well in the hunt for a series-levelling win. It was the fifth time Starc had taken five or more wickets in a Test innings. Australia reached 54 for 2 in reply at stumps, rocked by the dismissal off what turned out to be the last ball of the day of David Warner. Warner had bludgeoned his way to a 41-ball 42 when Dilruwan Perera… Read More →

Nonchalant, Exquisite Mendis Makes batting look like a Cascading Fountain

Kusal Mendis

Nonchalance is the simple descriptive word of Sri Lanka’s new batting star Kusal Mendis. If his two half centuries either way in his debut Test match against England in the leanest of low Fahrenheit weather conditions and the other an elastic like 77 in an ODI including a couple of low but buttressing scores were stock raising, his 176 run marathon epoch match winning knock against the Australians indeed heralded the new prince of Sri Lanka batting.  That nonchalance of temperament in execution of exquisite stroke play underwrote an early batting genius to a certain extent must pale out some of his predecessors who did the job for Sri Lanka.  Authority was stamped all over the colt as he moved… Read More →

Herath returns to the top 10, Mendis just outside the top 20


Rangana Herath and Kusal Mendis have charged up the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankingsafter steering Sri Lanka to a 105-run victory over number-one ranked Australia in the first Test in Pallekele on Saturday. It was only the second Test victory for Sri Lanka over Australia, the previous one being way back in September 1999. Herath, who took four for 49 and five for 54, has returned to the top 10 in ninth position after rising four places in the bowling chart, while Mendis, who won the player of the match award for his 176 in the second innings, has vaulted 27 places to 21st position in the batting table. Herath’s rise means he has opened up a nine-place gap on his… Read More →

Changing batting positions affected my shot selections

Lahiru Thirimanne

Strong faith in my technique to win Test recall – Thirimanne At 26, Lahiru Thirimanne could consider himself both lucky and unlucky; Lucky that he did make a promising start to his international cricket career  – modest 1056 runs in 50 innings from 26 Test outings and 2586 from 87 innings in 107 matches.  A solitary Test century 155 and 4 half  tons and 4 ODI tons and 16 fifties where in the longer version but more flattering ODI credentials, the former Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa product was quick to be identified by the country’s think tanks in the game for an uncanny inherent talent of copybook beautiful stroke play. Wearing the vice captain’s mantle the within a few… Read More →

Herath wraps up historic Sri Lanka win in first Test


In the end, it was a blend of youth and experience that secured Sri Lanka a remarkable 106-run win against the top-ranked Australia side in the rain-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday (June 30). It was only its second Test win against the visiting side. Twenty-one-year-old Kusal Mendis paved the way with a masterful 176, while 38-year-old Rangana Herath applied the finishing touches, with 5 for 54 in Australia’s second innings, four of those wickets coming on the last day. For Australia, who began the day on 83 for 3 and was bundled out for 161, it will be a bitter pill to swallow. Not only was it the first defeat under Steve Smith’s captaincy, but it came against the No. 7 team, who had… Read More →