Sri Lanka seal series with washout

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Heavy rain which left the surrounds of the square saturated meant that no play was possible despite the best efforts of the local groundstaff. Umpires Richard Kettleborough, Richard Smith and match referee Chris Broad officially abandoned the game following a ground inspection at 2:20pm. The abandonment means Sri Lanka take the series 1-0 following their 79-run win over Ireland on Tuesday. (Courtesy: Cricket Ireland)

Disappointment for Ireland as Mendis turns screw

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Ireland have suffered a 79-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the first of the RSA ODI Series in Clontarf thanks to a masterful bowling display from the  mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis. Ireland went into the break in the ascendancy after restricting the visitors to 219-8 off their 50 overs. Tim Murtagh was the pick of the Irish attack, the seam bowler finishing with the miserly figures of 2 for 21 after his 10 overs. The Sri Lankan innings never got going despite good starts from Chandimal, Mathews and Priyanjan who all made 30’s before departing. A couple of lusty blows be Nuwan Kulasekara saw him step up the pace towards the later end of the innings –… Read More →

Photos: Team Departure – Sri Lanka Tour of Ireland and England 2014

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Sri Lanka National team left the island for Ireland this morning for a tour which will get underway on Tuesday (06). The team is to play two one-day matches in Ireland and team will play 1 T20, 5 ODI and 2 Test matches in England. **Further to today’s departure of the National Team for the Ireland & England Tour, SLC wishes to confirm that 3 players will be traveling on the early hours on 3rd May on Etihad flight EY041 via ABU DHABI INTL to DUBLIN The 3 player are UPUL THARANGA, DHAMMIKA PRASAD and NIROSHAN DICKWELLA. Upul Tharanga, Dammika Prasad and Niroshan Dickwella will not be traveling to London and will not be a part of the UK team…. Read More →

Hussain resists Sri Lanka Under-17 victory bid

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England U17 who were 377 behind on the first innings in their final fixture of the tour, three-day game against their Sri Lankan counterparts at Colts Ground forced a draw when they finished the third and final day at 280 for 6. M Hussain who scored an unbeaten 136 with 17 fours in the second innings of the English innings deprived Sri Lanka of a certain victory. Brief Scores: Sri Lanka U17 - 456 for 4 declared in 111 overs (Avishka Fernando 134, Malinga Amarasinghe 107*, Wanidu Hasaranga 102*, Kaveen Bandara 76, Jared Warner 2/63) England U17 - 79 all out in 60.2 overs (Hameed Hussain 35, Malinga Amarasinghe 3/10, Manelka De Silva 3/10, Damith Silva 2/21) & 280 for 6 in 106… Read More →

56th Annual General Meeting of Sri Lanka Cricket

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The 56th Annual General Meeting of SLC was held on the 23rd of April 2014 at the Head Office of SLC, chaired by Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa. The meeting began with the Hony. Secretary Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga welcoming the invitees for the meeting and a minutes silence was observed in respect of the members who passed away during the past year. The Secretary went on to thank the National Team and the Support Staff together with the National Selectors for the excellent performance to win the Asia Cup and the ICC World T20, and he thanked the Sponsors for being part of this great achievement. He also went on to thank the Media for the wide coverage given to SLC during… Read More →

Captain and Vice Captain of the National ODI and T20 Teams

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held , the National Selectors selected the following players as the Captain and the Vice Captain of the National ODI and T20 teams Angelo Mathews has been appointed as the Captain of the National ODI Team while Lahiru Thirimanne has been appointed as the Vice Captain of same until March 2015. Lasith Malinga has been appointed as the Captain of the National T20 Team while Lahiru Thirimanne has been appointed as the Vice Captain of same until March 2015. Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne have also been appointed as the Captain and Vice Captain of the National Test Team until March 2015. This has been approved by the Hon. Minister of Sports.

English here to take on Sri Lankan Lion Cubs

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After last year’s successful Sri Lanka U-17 tour of England in August under the captaincy of this year’s Royal College captain Chamika Karunaratne, this year the young lads from the United Kingdom are in the island of the Indian ocean to play a series of 3 ODI’s and a 3- day match,  17th – 27th April 2014. Mr. Carlton Bernadus the Head of Cricket operation SLC thanked the ECB  for providing the youngsters an opportunity to not only improve their skills on the field but, for also providing a stage for the players to interact and make friends which could a long way in the future. He said it will  ‘bond countries together and  also become the force and the… Read More →

Nothing to do with luck, says Malinga

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For all his deadly yorkers and a great assortment of slower deliveries, Lasith Malinga is a gentle soul. Beneath that unruly curly mop lies a shrewd cricket brain, and a smile is never far away, not even when he is, on the rare occasion, being taken apart by the batsmen. Malinga seemed the least likely of individuals to steer Sri Lanka to a world title, but on Sunday (April 6) night at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, he managed what illustrious predecessors such as Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara couldn’t – lay his hands on a global trophy. In the Twenty20 International swansong for two of Sri Lankan cricket’s most celebrated sons, Malinga led the side from the front, marshalling his troops… Read More →

Sri Lanka reclaims the number-one position in T20I team ranking

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka reclaimed the number-one position on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table, after it beat India in the final to win the tournament for the first-time ever. Sri Lanka gained three ratings points to finish on 133, three ahead of India, to move into the top position. Before the semi-finals began, India had gone past Sri Lanka to become the number-one ranked side.  The final therefore was also a contest for either side to reclaim or retain the top spot. There was no other change inside the top ten at the end of the tournament. Jayawardena and Sangakkara sign off on T20I career Sri Lanka’s senior pair of Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara signed off on… Read More →

Right place, right time, right game: Sangakkara

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Cricket doesn’t accord too many of its practitioners fairytale endings. On Sunday (April 6) night in Mirpur, however, two of Sri Lanka’s favourite sons, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, bid Twenty20 International cricket farewell in the best way possible, holding the world trophy aloft. For Sangakkara, the game was especially memorable as he carved an unbeaten half-century to see his side home. At the end of the day, however, a clearly emotional Sangakkara was just grateful for all that the game had given him. “I don’t think the game owes us, or any player, anything. Our job is to try and play it as best as we can, and walk away hopefully having made a positive impact. The game gives… Read More →

Simon Hughes: Sri Lanka is modern master of white ball cricket

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In their last T20 match for Sri Lanka, the prolific duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena secured their nation its first-ever ICC World T20 title over a dejected India. But it was Sri Lanka’s bowlers who were the architects of the victory. It is often assumed that T20 is a batsman’s game. But Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga proved how influential, shrewd and precise bowling can be, allowing India just 15 runs from the last three overs. First Yuvraj Singh, then MS Dhoni were unable to get the ball away, crucially denying Virat Kohli the strike and ensuring that India’s final total of 130 was 30 runs too light. India fought hard with the ball, and took wickets regularly,… Read More →

Sangakkara and Jayawardena signs off with WT20 title

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Match Report Having lost four finals in the last seven years, Sri Lanka finally broke the jinx in some style in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014, overwhelming hitherto unbeaten India by six wickets on Sunday (April 6) night. The scenes of unrestrained joy with the entire team tumbling on to the field once Thisara Perera had lashed R Ashwin over his head for the winning boundary showed just how the finals losses had hurt the Sri Lankans, and how desperate the team was for the sweet taste of success for the first time since it jointly won the Champions Trophy with India in 2002. In a low-scoring final that seldom flirted with the gripping, Sri Lanka was… Read More →