Glenn Maxwell pulverised Sri Lanka on his way to a maiden Twenty20 International century as Australia pulled off a commanding 85-run win in Pallekele on Tuesday (September 6). Put in to bat by Dinesh Chandimal, Australia amassed a world record 263 for 3, and then restricted Sri Lanka to 178 for 9 to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Maxwell, opening the batting for Australia in a T20I for the first time, destroyed the Sri Lankan bowling with an unbeaten 145 off 65 balls, studded with 14 fours and nine sixes. His blitz powered Australia past Sri Lanka’s nine-year record of 260 for 6 against Kenya in 2007. Skipper David Warner gave Australia a fiery start with 28… Read More →
“It is no secret that sport is a universal language that transcends all boundaries, and unifies all, and Sri Lanka especially over the years has proven this adage consistently. In a nation where cultural and religious diversity abounds, Cricket, is the one single unifier, and this has been proven time and time again as Sri Lanka has come together as 1Team for 1Nation in the face of numerous national disasters. Sri Lanka’s love for cricket, is not limited to following a winning team only. Sri Lanka’s love for cricket is for its team, and for its brand of cricket. This passion for Sri Lanka Cricket has seen SELL out crowds at all venues, including the 5th and final ODI, despite… Read More →
Thanking the Board of Control for Cricket in India for supporting Sri Lanka Cricket’s viewpoint in opposing two tier test system, Thilanga Sumathipala, President, Sri Lanka Cricket said that ‘Sri Lanka has already made very clear its opposition to two tier test proposal of ICC as it’s detrimental for lower ranked countries in many ways. Sri Lanka Cricket believes that two tire system would adversely affect the revenues of lower ranked nations, competitiveness of their international competitions, spectator interest, long term growth in already established markets. Now BCCI has also come up in support of Sri Lanka Cricket on this matter as they understand the adverse effect on the lower ranked countries due to the proposed two tire system. We… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform the general public that tickets for tomorrow’s Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st T20 game in Pallekele, is SOLD OUT. No tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the match. ONLY Ticket holders will be allowed into the stadium. General Public who do not have a valid ticket for the match, are requested not to crowd the gates as there will be no tickets for sale.
The National Selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket has chosen the below named 14 players for the T20 series against Australia. The T20 matches will be played on the 6th of September in Kandy and 9th of September in Colombo. The squad is : 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. T.M. Dilshan 3. Dinesh Chandimal – Captain 4. Dhananjaya De Silva 5. Chamara Kapugedara 6. Milinda Siriwardana 7. Kusal Mendis 8. Seekkuge Prasanna 9. Sachithra Senanayaka 10. Suranga Lakmal 11. Thisara Perera 12. Sachith Pathirana 13. Kasun Rajitha 14. Dasun Shanaka
David Warner became the first Australian batsman to score a One-Day International in Sri Lanka to lead his side to a comfortable five-wicket win in the fifth and final ODI in Pallekele on Sunday (September 4). Standing in for Steve Smith, Warner made a typically robust 106 off 126 deliveries as Australia clinched the series 4-1, having already taken an unassailable 3-1 lead after the previous game in Dambulla on Wednesday. Opting to bat once Dinesh Chandimal, captaining instead of Angelo Mathews who was ruled out through injury, won the toss, Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 195 in the 41st over. Mitchell Starc, the left-arm paceman, did the bulk of the damage yet again with 3 for 40…. Read More →
The National Cricket Team visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa headed by Deputy Speaker and President of the Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala. The team was received by Sri Dalada Maligawa officials and was offered white jasmine flowers to be offered at the Sacred Tooth Relic. The Service monks at the inner shrine room blessed the cricketers and tied ‘Pirith Nool’ for a successful competition and wishing them well for the future. The National Cricket Team visited the Dalada Maligawa to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic after winning the Test Series 3-0 against Australia.
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella & Upul Tharanga have been drafted into the squad for the 5th ODI. The rest of the squad remains the same as given below: 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. Kusal Mendis 3. Dinesh Chandimal – Captain 4. Danajaya De Silva 5. Angelo Perera 6. Avishka Fernando 7. Danushka Gunathilaka 8. Suranga Lakmal 9. DilruwanPerera 10.Seekuge Prasanna 11.Amila Aponso 12. Lahiru Kumara 13. Sachith Pathirana 14. Upul Tharanga 15. Niroshan Dickwella 16.Dasun Shanaka
Angelo’s MRI and clinical symptoms are both consistent with a medial calf muscle injury. He is not expected to be available for the remainder of the Australian series. His rehabilitation program will be aimed at having him ready for the start of Sri Lanka’s next series.
In the consequence of the unfortunate crowd protest that took place in Dambulla during the 04th ODI, SLC wishes to state that SLC together with the Sri Lanka Police applied stringent security measures in place to safeguard the cricket fans who had purchased tickets for the matches. We continuously announced through the media that there will be no tickets sold on the day of the match and fans were thus requested to purchase their tickets prior to the day of the match in a bid to prevent recurrence. SLC would like to stress the fact that SLC will be obliged to secure the seats for the ticket holders who have purchased tickets prior to the match and it considers as… Read More →
John Hastings plucked six wickets before Aaron Finch and George Bailey’s attacking half-centuries powered Australia to a series clinching six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International in Dambulla on Wednesday (August 31). Australia rode on Finch’s blistering 19-ball 55 and an unbeaten 90 in 85 balls from Bailey to reach 217 for 4 in 31 overs, chasing down the 213-run target and taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Earlier, Hastings’s career-best figures of 6 for 45 helped bowl out Sri Lanka for 212, despite Dhananjaya de Silva’s fighting 76, after it had elected to bat upon winning the toss. It was Finch’s blitz at the start that launched Australia against a Sri Lanka attack… Read More →