Sri Lanka seals ODI series whitewash after Kusal ton

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Sri Lanka trumped Bangladesh by six wickets in their third and final One-Day International at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (February 22) to sweep the series 3-0. Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as Bangladesh, who was sent in to bat, was restricted to 240 for 8 in its 50 overs. Kusal Perera, the opener, then hit his maiden ODI century as Sri Lanka passed the target with 15 deliveries to spare. Mominul Haque top scored with a run-a-ball 60, while valuable contributions from Nasir Hossain (38), Naeem Islam (32) and the captain Mushfiqur Rahim (30), gave Bangladesh its highest score of the series. But Kusal Perera made light of the target as he flayed Bangladesh’s… Read More →

Sangakkara’s ton seals one-day series for Sri Lanka

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Kumar Sangakkara continued his awesome batting form in Bangladesh as Sri Lanka won the second one-dayer by 61 runs in Dhaka on Thursday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The left-hander, who scored 319 and 105 in the second Test earlier this month after making 75 in the first Test, hit a fluent 128 off 115 balls to lift Sri Lanka to 289-6. Bangladesh, facing a must-win situation after losing the first match, caved in under pressure and were dismissed for 228 with seven overs to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 79 off 83 balls and opener Anamul Haque made 42, but none of the other batsmen settled in as Sri… Read More →

Under-19: Sri Lanka Marches into Quarterfinals with Big Win

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Sri Lanka followed a thrilling one-wicket win over England with a comprehensive victory against the United Arab Emirates, triumphing by eight wickets in a Group D match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday(February 18). Sri Lanka thus ensured its entry into the quarterfinals of the event, maintaining an all-win record. Hashan Dumindu, the opener, starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 113 off 118 balls. His innings included eleven fours and one six, as Sri Lanka chased down UAE’s 205 all out with ease, taking just 43.1 overs to get to the target. Having lost the in-form Sadeera Samarawickrama for just 7 in the sixth over, Dumindu collaborated with Kusal Mendis, the captain,… Read More →

Perera leads Sri Lanka to ODI win over Bangladesh

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Thisara Perera’s brilliant counter-attack inspired Sri Lanka to a 13-run victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Monday, giving the tourists the lead in the three-match series. Perera smashed an unbeaten 80 off 57 balls to lift the tourists from a hopeless 67-8 in the 22nd over to 180 all out after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. Sensing an opening, Sri Lanka hit back to bowl out the hosts for 167 in the 40th over of the rain-curtailed match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Bangladesh, riding on opener Shamsur Rahman’s 62 off 49 balls and 44 from Mominul Haque, were cruising at 114-2 in the 20th over when the batting came apart. Sri Lankan… Read More →

Squads for Asia Cup, ICC World T20 announced

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held , the following squad was selected by the National Selectors for the Asia Cup 2014, and the ICC World T20 2014. ICC World T20 Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain) Lasith Malinga (Vice Captain) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Lahiru Thirimanne Angelo Mathews Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Rangana Herath / Chathuranga De Silva Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Seekuge Prasanna Rangana Herath will be subject to fitness Asia Cup – 2014  Squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain) Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardane Lahiru Thirimanne Ashan Priyanjan Thisara Perera Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Chathuranga De Silva The above… Read More →

Under-19: Sri Lanka scrapes past England

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On certain days, an individual’s success depends on his desire to grind it out, while others around him or her fail to get a grip over the conditions. Those who manage not to succumb to the pressure invariably prove to be the difference between winning and losing. Thilaksha Sumanasiri was that difference on Sunday (February 16) in the ICC Under-19 World Cup game between Sri Lanka and England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Sumanasiri’s 42-ball 43 in a crisis situation gave Sri Lanka a thrilling one-wicket victory against England in its Group D match, and with two wins in as many matches, Sri Lanka has now placed itself in a very strong position to qualify for the quarterfinals. On the… Read More →

Sri Lanka take series after another final-ball win

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Sachithra Senanakaye hit a boundary off the last ball as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 match in Chittagong on Friday to win the series 2-0. Having bowled the hosts out for a paltry 120, Sri Lanka stuttered in their reply to lose six wickets for 50 runs by the 12th over at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Veteran Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera rebuilt for the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 side with a 46-run partnership for the seventh wicket. But when Sangakkara was snapped up at point off Rubel Hossain for 37, Sri Lanka still needed 25 to win off the last 20 balls. Senanayake helped Perera (35 not out) inch closer to… Read More →

Under-19: Mendis leads Sri Lanka’s victory

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Sri Lanka got the better of New Zealand by a solid 49-run margin in a Group D game, played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday (February 14). Batting first, Sri Lanka U19 managed to score 275 for 9 in its 50 overs, mainly due to a 107-ball 91 from its captain Kusal Mendis. Losing wickets at regular intervals, New Zealand U19 fell short by 49 runs, finishing at 226 for 8. Sadeera Samarawickrama (67) and Mendis, shared a 97-run stand for the second wicket to set Sri Lanka up for a big total. Contributions and partnerships from the middle order, Priyamal Perera (37) and Thilaksha Sumanasiri (22) ensured the team was on course to post a competitive total. Kyle… Read More →

Cricket celebrates one year to go to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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ICC Media Release “We all know that it’s the biggest event that you can participate in,” says Mathews “We’re a side that is capable of winning big matches and high-profile tournaments,” says Misbah “We’re certainly one of the most dangerous teams,” says de Villiers “We need to start winning more matches and series,” says Bravo With exactly one year to go before the first ball is bowled in Christchurch in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka, Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan and South Africa’s AB de Villiers preview ICC’s flagship event and talk about their sides’ preparations for the prestigious tournament. Mathews, who missed the final against India in Mumbai in 2011 due to an injury, said… Read More →

One year to go until the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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Tickets to a once–in-a-generation sporting event – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – went on general public sale today, one year from the start of the tournament on 14 February 2015. The tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and organisers are expecting more than one million people to attend matches in Australia and New Zealand and more than one billion to watch the global broadcast. Tickets can be purchased at www.cricketworldcup.com and from Ticketek outlets across Australia and New Zealand. Children’s tickets are available for every match in the tournament, including the final. All children’s tickets for the pools stage are $5. Prices for adults start from just $20. To mark the occasion, countdown… Read More →

Sri Lanka puts No 1 T20I position on the line

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Sri Lanka will begin a two-match T20I series against host Bangladesh from 12 February in Chittagong by putting its number one position on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Tableon the line. Sri Lanka enters the series as the number-one ranked side with 129 ratings points, leading 10th ranked Bangladesh by 57 ratings points. Only eight ratings points separate the top four sides, with India (123 points), South Africa (123 points) and Pakistan (121 points) close on the heels of the number-one ranked side. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Sri Lanka will lose its top position if it loses both matches in the series. In such a scenario, Sri Lanka will drop nine ratings points and… Read More →

Haque century helps salvage draw

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Mominul Haque scored an unbeaten century to help Bangladesh pull off a draw in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka, in Chittagong, on Saturday (February 8). Haque remained unbeaten on 100, sharing an unbroken 120-run stand for the fourth wicket with Shakib Al Hasan, as stumps were called with Bangladesh 271 for 3 at the Zahur Ahmed Choudhury Stadium. Bangladesh had been set a target of 467 on the final day for a series-levelling win, and while victory was improbable, the batsmen did well to resist. Shakib remained unbeaten on 43. Sri Lanka took the series by a 1-0 margin by virtue of its innings and 248-run win in Dhaka in the first Test. Bangladesh, who resumed on… Read More →

Sri Lanka rides on Sangakkara magic

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Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman in history to score a triple-century and a century in the same match as Sri Lanka pressed for victory in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday (February 7). Sri Lanka, who had taken a 161-run first-innings lead, declared its second knock at 305-4 in the final session of the fourth day’s play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Bangladesh, set an improbable target of 467 to record a series-levelling win, were 12-0 at stumps. Sri Lanka will need to take all ten wickets to sweep the two-match series, while Bangladesh requires another 455 runs in a minimum of 90 overs. Sangakkara followed his 319 in the first innings with 105… Read More →

Sri Lanka U19s ready to conquer the World

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Written by Damith Weerasinghe Every two years under 19s around the world battle it out for the ICC Youth World Cup and this time the Sri Lanka under 19s are stealthily gearing themselves to take on U 19s of the world at the ICC U 19 World cup in the UAE from the 14th February – 1st March 2014. The Under 19 World Cup has functioned as a foundation stone to many a great cricketer such as Sanath Jayasuriya, Mike Atherton, Brian Lara, Inzamam Ul-Haq and rising stars such as Virat Kohli, Dinesh Chandimal, Darren Bravo, Shakib Al Hasan and many more. Most of the International players have begun their journey through the Under 19 World Cup and the exposure… Read More →