Sri Lanka takes series with thrilling win

Sri Lanka Beat England by 100 runs in the 2nd Test and seal the test Series

Sri Lanka beat England with just one ball to spare, winning the second Test by 100 runs amidst mounting tension and drama at Headingley on Tuesday (June 24), to take the two-match series 1-0. The result meant Sri Lanka won its first series of more than one Test on English soil. It had previously won the one-off Test at The Oval in 1998, a game remembered for Muttiah Muralitharan’s match haul of 16 wickets. This was also Sri Lanka’s third win in England, having won a Test at Trent Bridge in 2006. The first Test had also ended in a thrilling finish, with Sri Lanka holding on for a draw with nine wickets down. For large parts of Tuesday, it… Read More →

Mathews, Prasad put Sri Lanka in command

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Dhammika Prasad took a four-wicket burst after after Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, had hit a magnificent hundred, to leave the visitors in sight of victory at the end of the fourth day of the second Test at Headingley. England reached stumps on Monday (June 23) at 57 for 5, with nightwatchman Liam Plunkett dismissed in what what was to be the last over of the day. At close, England still needed a further 293 runs for victory with Joe Root unbeaten on 6. History is on Sri Lanka’s side. England’s highest fourth-innings chase is 332 against Australia at Melbourne in 1928-29. Interestingly, only Australia has made more in the fourth innings to win a Test at Headingley, when… Read More →

Jayawardena leads Sri Lanka’s resistance

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Mahela Jayawardena helped Sri Lanka gain a lead of more than a hundred runs in the second Test at Headingley after Moeen Ali proved his utility with the ball for England on Sunday (June 22). Sri Lanka was 214 for 4, with a lead of 106, in its second innings at stumps on Day 3. In what is only his second Test, Moeen, the occasional offspinner, took Sri Lanka by surprise with two wickets for no runs in three balls when he removed Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne. At the end of the day, Jayawardena was unbeaten on 55 while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, was 24 not out. With two days left, all results are possible and it… Read More →

Sri Lanka strikes back after Robson hundred

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Sam Robson’s maiden Test century helped England nudge ahead, but late strikes helped Sri Lanka fight back on the second day of the second Test at Headingley on Saturday (June 21). England went into stumps at 320 for 6 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 257, a lead of 63, after Robson made 127 in only his second Test. England, cruising along at 311 for 3 at one stage, suddenly lost three wickets in the space of four overs, with Shaminda Eranga, the pacer, doing bulk of the damage. Matt Prior (3 not out) and Chris Jordan (4 not out) then negotiated a tricky five-over passage, much to England’s relief. England resumed the day on 36 without loss after Sri Lanka… Read More →

Sangakkara placed on Honours Board at Lord’s

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Kumar Sangakarra and Angelo Mathews’ names have been physically etched onto theLord’s Honours Board in the Away Dressing Room, to mark their centuries against England in the 1st Investec Test match. The milestone was one that Sangakarra was desperate to achieve having failed in his previous three Test matches at Lord’s to score a century on the famous Ground. The 36-year-old hit 147 in the first innings of the England v Sri Lanka Investec Test match to join fellow Sri Lanka great and his close friend Mahela Jayawardene on the Honours Boards. Jayawardene having scored centuries in 2002 and 2006 at the Home of Cricket. During the same innings Sri Lanka captain Mathews also passed the landmark with his gutsy 102…. Read More →

Sri Lanka clings on in Lord’s thriller

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Nuwan Pradeep survived the final five balls of the match as Sri Lanka clung on for a thrilling draw with England in the first Test at Lord’s on Monday (June 16). They will go to Headingley on Friday all square with one to play.The expected overnight declaration set the day up as one in which Sri Lanka required 390 runs and England required 10 wickets. Or, much more likely, neither requirement would be met and the docile pitch could be declared the winner. Though James Anderson beat the bat under cloudy skies during an impressive new ball spell, it was Stuart Broad who got the breakthrough, inducing Dimuth Karunaratne to pop one up to short leg where Sam Robson took a sharp… Read More →

Wayamba Women crowned provincial champions

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Wayamba Women led by dashing opening batswomen Chamari Atapattu clinched the SLC Womens Provincial Limited Overs Tournament beating Kandurata Women by 8 runs in the final played at NCC grounds on Monday. Brief Scorers: Wayamba 157 all out in 46.1 overs : Eshani Lokusuriya 52, Chamari Atapattu 28, Sherina Ravikumar 3/24. Kandurata – 149 all out in 48.2 overs : Lasanthi Madushani 59, Maduri Samudrika 20, Rangika Fernando 3/25. Match Result : Wayamba Women won the final by 8 runs and won the championship Click here for the Full Scorecard (Image Courtesy: Batsman.com)

Ballance ton tilts it England’s way

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On an unexpectedly competitive day, Angelo Mathews secured his third Test century before his bowlers, led by a brilliant Shaminda Eranga and a cunning Rangana Herath, gave Sri Lanka a sniff of a gettable fifth-day target. That possibility receded as Gary Ballance, England’s last recognised batsman, found sufficient support from Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad to take the lead out of sight by the close, posting his own maiden century. Leading by 122 on the first count, England closed the day on 267 for 8, an overall lead of 389 and well placed to force the initiative on the final day. On a cloudy fourth morning on Sunday (June 15), with the lights on, both sides achieved its immediate objectives for the day… Read More →

Sangakkara century bolsters Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka saved the follow on with a dazzling century from Kumar Sangakkara and a highly responsible undefeated 79 from Angelo Mathews, the captain, but trailed England by 160 runs with three first-innings wickets in hand and two days to play. Moeen Ali took his maiden Test wicket and Matt Prior proved his fitness with three more catches to give him four in the innings so far. On a still blameless pitch, it’ll need a collapse from one side or the other – something not beyond the realms of possibility – if a result will be forthcoming in this First Test of the two-Test series. Floodlights rather than sunlight illuminated Lord’s, as the promised clouds rolled in to greet the… Read More →

Root, Prior propel England

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A greenish Lord’s track tempted Angelo Mathews into inserting a new-look England, but Joe Root’s unbeaten century steered the home side to a formidable 344 for 5 at close on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Thursday (June 12). England took toll of a tiring attack in the third session of the day. Moeen Ali’s debut 48 had shown real promise, but England will be most pleased with the recalled Matt Prior’s punchy unbeaten 76 from 103 balls, the kind of momentum-shifting innings that fuelled his career before his form fell away so dismally in 2013. With three authentic stroke-makers to come in England’s late order, the Lankan bowling will need to show… Read More →

SLC Super Fours T20 Tournament – Teams and Logos

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the teams for the upcoming SLC Super 4′s Tournament. The Super 4′s tournament will commence on the 27th of June 2014 and all matches will be played at SSC. Western Troopers Angelo Mathews,  Udara Jayasundara, Dilshan Munaweera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Kaushal Gajasinghe, Chathuranga De Silva, Kosala Kulasekera, Kanishka Alvitigala, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Isuru Udana, Sachitra Senanayake, Janaka Gunarathne, Dimuth Karunarathne, Gayan maneeshan, Shehan Fernando, Pawan Devinda, Vishva Fernando, Banuka Rajapaksha Yaal Blazers Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Udawatte, Chamara Kapugedera, Ashan Priyanjana, Mahela Jayawardana,  Jeewan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Chaminda Bandara, Ramith Rambukwella, Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya, Rumesh Buddika, Anuk Fernando, Alankara Asanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Chaturanga Kumara, S. Sanjeewan, Sahan Wijerathna Udarata Rulers Lahiru Thirimann,… Read More →

SLC Felicitates Past Cricketers of Ceylon

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Sri Lanka Cricket on recommendation of the Committee appointed by the Executive Committee felicitated 14 Past Cricketers of Ceylon who have done the country proud. This was decided with the thought in mind to assist these Cricketers who played the game and brought honour to the country during the era when Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. The committee had identified 14 past cricketers and recommended  to make a grant of Rs. 300,000 for their personal expenses. The recipients of this grant were: Mr. Bertie Wijesinghe Mr. Stanley Jayasinghe Mr. M.Devaraj Mr. Nihal Kodituwakku Mr. A.C.M.Lafir Mr. H.I.K.Fernando Mr. Stanley De Alwis Mr. Daya Sahabandu Mr. Lasantha Rodrigo Mr. Russel Harmmer Mr. Amitha De Costa Mr. Gulam Razik Mr. T.B.Kehelgamuwa… Read More →

Sri Lanka wins series after six-wicket win

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Sri Lanka proved too strong for England in the fifth and final One-Day International at Edgbaston on Tuesday (June 3), winning by six wickets to clinch a 3-2 series victory. First paceman Lasith Malinga took 3 for 50 as Sri Lanka restricted England to 219. Then, after Sri Lanka was 62 for 3, half-centuries from Mahela Jayawardena (53) and Lahiru Thirimanne (60 not out), and captain Angelo Mathews’s 42 not out in 34 balls took Sri Lanka home with ten balls left in the innings. There was a controversial moment during England’s innings when Sachithra Senanayake Mankaded Jos Buttler. Mathews upheld the appeal – it was a perfectly legitimate dismissal – and Buttler was out for 21. Sri Lanka, set… Read More →

Sachithra Senanayake reported by ICC for Suspect Action

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Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) has informed SLC that the umpires officiating in the 4th ODI of the ongoing England tour have reported a number of deliveries bowled by Sachithra Senanayake were considered to be suspect. Since Sachithra had over the past 2 years played many bilateral/ ICC tournaments and four earlier games in the current tour without any hint of suspicion, this comes as a surprise to SLC. As however, the ICC has a procedure in place for situations such as this, SLC has no option but to adhere to the laid down process. According to this process, Sachithra is not debarred from consideration for selection to the 5th ODI to be played at Edgbaston tomorrow.

Sangakkara masterclass trumps Buttler blitz

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Sri Lanka levelled the series in a Lord’s thriller in which two batsmen stood head and shoulders above their team-mates. Sri Lanka needed a magnificent century from Kumar Sangakkara, who got support from a scratchy Tillakaratne Dilshan to set a highly competitive target of 301. That looked plenty enough for the win until Jos Buttler joined Ravi Bopara in the 29th over and proceeded to hit almost every ball out of the middle, posting an extraordinary century of his own. But even that wasn’t quite enough to secure a most unexpected of wins. The winning margin of seven runs, with the result still in the balance in the 100th over of the day, was the first close result of the… Read More →