Under-19: Sri Lanka blanks Australia 3-0

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Anuk Fernando’s four-wicket haul and a vital unbeaten 25, helped Sri Lanka U-19 wrap up the Youth One Day series against Australia 3-0 with a thrilling win in R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today (6). Australia who elected to bat first were restricted to 202 runs and Future Lions reached the target losing eight wickets and with four deliveries to spare. Chasing 202 runs to win, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start, they were 41 for 4 before Priyamal Perera(32) and Thilaksha Sumanasiri helped them recover with a 47-run fifth-wicket partnership. Sumanasiri top scored with 50 runs facing 78 deliveries and put on a partnership of 61 runs for the sixth wicket with Harsha Rajapksha, who made 36 runs from 47 balls inclusive of  two… Read More →

Sri Lanka in command after Sangakkara triple

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Kumar Sangakkara became the fastest player to reach 11,000 runs in Test cricket en route a career-best 319, as Sri Lanka ended Day 2 of the second Test against Bangladesh in a commanding position at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday (February 5). Sangakkara’s knock helped Sri Lanka post an imposing 587. In reply, Bangladesh was at 86 for 1 when stumps were drawn, still staring at a massive 501-run deficit. Sangakkara’s maiden triple ton also marked his 9th score of 200 plus in Tests, with only Sir Don Bradman having more scores of 200 plus (12). The former Sri Lankan captain, playing in his 122nd Test, also became the ninth batsman to reach the 11,000-run mark,… Read More →

Sangakkara ton puts Sri Lanka on top

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Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten 160 helped Sri Lanka recover from a shaky start and post 314 for 5 on the opening day of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdury Stadium in Chittagong. This was Sangakkara’s 34th Test century, equalling the tally of Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara. Sangakkara, who is playing in his 122nd Test, now has the most number of Test hundreds among active players, and on the all-time list, only Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (45), Ricky Ponting (41) and Rahul Dravid (36) are ahead of him. Sangakkara resurrected Sri Lanka’s innings with Mahela Jayawardene after it had been reduced to 49 for 2, with both openers dismissed. Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene came into this… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardena on the move

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Mahela Jayawardena has jumped five places to 13th in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his unbeaten knock of 203, against Bangladesh in the first Test at Mirpur. Jayawardena’s seventh career double hundred helped Sri Lanka register an innings and 248 runs win, to thereby take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series on Thursday. Jayawardena, named player of the match, is now on 714 ratings points, just two behind Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, who is in 12th place with 716 ratings points. Of the other centurions in the Mirpur Test, Kaushal Silva has jumped 12 places to a career-best 48th following his knock of 139, while Kithuruwan Vithanage’s maiden Test hundred (103 not out) has seen him rocket 52… Read More →

SLC Official Dinner in Dubai to raise funds for development

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Sri Lanka Cricketers attended the Sri Lanka Cricket official dinner in Dubai,  to raise funds for development of the game in rural areas of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket, together with SLC committee in the United Arab Emirates, organised an official dinner to raise funds for infrastructure development of school cricket in rural areas of Sri Lanka. SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga speaking at this event said “Spreading the game throughout our beautiful country is something that is absolutely vital to the long-term health of cricket in Sri Lanka and this initiative is designed to help us do exactly that”. “The funds raised from this event in Dubai will allow Sri Lanka Cricket to provide facilities for youngsters to learn the… Read More →

Perera spins Sri Lanka to massive innings win over Bangladesh

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Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera picked up five wickets as Sri Lanka thumped fragile Bangladesh by an innings and 248 runs in the first Test in Dhaka on Thursday. Bangladesh, trailing by a huge 498-run margin on first innings, were bowled out for 250 in their second knock after lunch on the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Perera, a 31-year-old playing in his second Test, finished with five for 109 while seamer Suranga Lakmal took three as the hosts were dismissed in 51.5 overs with a day to spare. Bangladesh, who resumed the day at 35-1, failed to cope with Sri Lanka’s pace and spin assault and lost their last nine wickets for 215 runs despite the even-paced pitch. The hosts… Read More →

Jayawardena leads Sri Lankan run fest

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Mahela Jayawardena became the sixth-highest run getter in Test cricket with an unbeaten double century as Sri Lanka compounded Bangladesh’s misery on the third day of the first Test in Mirpur on Wednesday (January 29). Jayawardena made a 272-ball 203, his seventh double century in 33 three-figure knocks, as Sri Lanka declared its first innings at 730 for 6 at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. That gave Sri Lanka a lead of 498 runs and Bangladesh had managed to get only 35 of those for the loss of one wicket by close of play. Rangana Herath, brought on after just three overs, struck with his third delivery when he forced Tamim Iqbal to mistime a catch to point. When play was called off,… Read More →

ICC Board Meeting held on 28th January 2014

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This is to inform the general public and the media pertaining to the discussions taken place at the ICC Board Meeting held at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on 28th January 2014. At the meeting revised position papers were forwarded taking in to deliberation the concerns faced by the member nations, for the consideration of ICC as opposed to the original position paper circulated among the full member nations. SLC representative Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa (President) informed the ICC the need for further discussions on the matter pertaining to the revised position papers with the Executive Committee prior to arriving at a decision in this regard. The ICC Board consists of the chairman or president from each of the 10 Full… Read More →

Sri Lanka women clinch Twenty20 series against India

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Shashikala Siriwardene played a captain’s knock to help Sri Lanka Women win the Twenty20 International series against India Women, with a six-wicket win in the third and final match on Tuesday (January 28). Siriwardene, just 17 days shy of her 29th birthday, made an unbeaten 46 off 42 balls at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam as Sri Lanka took only 18.5 overs to chase down India’s 117 for 8. Having won the first T20I, Sri Lanka wrapped up its India tour on a happy note. India elected to bat first, but none of the batters except for Poonam Raut and Jhulan Goswami could get going. India’s faced problems very early in its innings, losing four wickets within the first… Read More →

Sri Lanka dominates opening day

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Sri Lanka ended the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh in a strong position, reaching 60 without loss after bowling out the hosts for 232 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Monday (January 27). Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal shared seven wickets between them after Sri Lanka had won the toss and put Bangladesh in, and Dimuth Karunaratne (28) and Kaushal Silva (30) stayed unseparated till stumps as Sri Lanka ended the day 172 runs behind. The day started with Shamsur Rahman, the debutant opener, putting on 35 runs with Tamim Iqbal, before Eranga dismissed Iqbal for six. In a space of 24 runs, Bangladesh then lost four wickets. Marshall Ayub was lbw to Angelo Mathews, Lakmal… Read More →

Sri Lanka announces test squad for Bangladesh series

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the following selections were made by the National Selectors for the Test Squad of the Bangladesh Tour which will commence from the 27th January 2014 in Bangladesh. Angelo Mathews (Captain) Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain) Dimuth Karunaratne Kaushal Silva Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Prasanna Jayawardena Kithruwan Vithanage Rangana Herath Dilruwan Perera Suranga Lakmal Shaminda Eranga Nuwan Pradeep Vishwa Fernando Ajantha Mendis Lahiru Thirimanne will be subject to fitness as he has been injured during the previous tournament. He will be replaced by Kithruwan Vithanage in case he is ruled out by the medical staff. Update: Kithruwan Vithanage will be replacing Lahiru Thirimanne in the test squad as Lahiru Thirimanne has still not recovered from… Read More →

Azhar, Misbah clinch thriller in Sharjah

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Azhar Ali’s match-winning century helped Pakistan pull off a thrilling win in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, levelling the series 1-1, after the visitors set Pakistan a target of 302 in a possible 59 overs. Ali’s 109-run partnership with Misbah-ul-Haq for the fifth wicket was pivotal in Pakistan’s chase. Ali was dismissed for a 137-ball 103, with Pakistan needing just seven more to win in the fading Sharjah light. Misbah, who remained unbeaten on 68, hit the winning runs with nine balls to spare. Pakistan’s chances seemed bleak when it reached 107 for 3 at tea, still requiring 195 in the last 35 overs. But Ali stitched a quick-fire 89-run stand in 14.5 overs with Sarfraz Ahmed… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardene completes 11,000 runs in Tests

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Mahela Jayawardene joined the 11,000 Test runs club during the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday. The 36-year-old, when on eight, swept off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for a six to complete 11,000 runs in his 141st Test, becoming the eighth batsman but first Sri Lankan to achieve the milestone. Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jacques Kallis are the others who crossed the 11,000 Test run mark.