Herath wraps up historic Sri Lanka win in first Test


In the end, it was a blend of youth and experience that secured Sri Lanka a remarkable 106-run win against the top-ranked Australia side in the rain-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday (June 30). It was only its second Test win against the visiting side. Twenty-one-year-old Kusal Mendis paved the way with a masterful 176, while 38-year-old Rangana Herath applied the finishing touches, with 5 for 54 in Australia’s second innings, four of those wickets coming on the last day. For Australia, who began the day on 83 for 3 and was bundled out for 161, it will be a bitter pill to swallow. Not only was it the first defeat under Steve Smith’s captaincy, but it came against the No. 7 team, who had… Read More →

Sri Lanka spinners dominate on another rain-hit day


Australia lost three early wickets to Sri Lanka’s spinners before Steven Smith and Adam Voges steadied the ship with the visiting side in all kinds of trouble in their attempt to chase down the target of 268 in a low-scoring thriller of a first Test in Pallekele. Australia was placed at 83 for 3, with Smith unbeaten on 26, when bad light forced the umpires to call tea early on the fourth day in Pallekele on Friday (July 29). No play was possible after that either as the light only worsened, and the match that has been hit by rain and bad light on all four days so far lost even more playing time. Australia still needs another 185 runs for victory… Read More →

Jon Holland called up to replace injured Steve O’Keefe


Steve O’Keefe update Cricket Australia has provided the following update on spin bowler Steve O’Keefe who was injured yesterday during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy. Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist David Beakley said:  “Steve injured his right hamstring while chasing a ball in the field during the second session yesterday. “Initial assessment indicates a moderate grade hamstring injury which means it is highly unlikely that he will be available for the remainder of the Test series. “Steve will remain with the squad in Kandy until the end of the Test and will undertake imaging on the injury upon his return to Australia.” Victorian left-arm orthodox bowler Jon Holland has been named in the squad to replace O’Keefe. National… Read More →

Sri Lanka expands its support arsenal

nic pothas

“We always believe in engaging the best professional advice and technical support for our National Team” “Fielding is an area we intend to focus strongly on” Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the recruitment of Nic Pothas as the National Fielding Coach. The 42-year-old South African, a versatile wicketkeeper-batsman, who retired from 1st Class Cricket in 2011 having amassed over 11,000 runs in all forms and having taken over 500 catches is an addition to the Sri Lanka arsenal of coaching staff that has seen a strong boost in the recent past. Since he’s retirement from First Class Cricket in 2011 with the highest average of any wicketkeeper for Hampshire, Pothus has served as the Director of Cricket at… Read More →

Masterful Mendis steers Sri Lanka ahead

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis struck a magnificent maiden century on Thursday (July 28), as Sri Lanka fought its way back into contention in the first Test against Australia. By the time bad light brought an early end to the proceedings for a third consecutive day a little after tea, Sri Lanka had opened up a lead of 196 runs in Pallekele. Playing in only his seventh Test, Mendis was batting on a monumental 169, with Sri Lanka 282 for 6 and eyeing a come-from-behind win. Giving Mendis company was Dilruwan Perera on 5. Victory had seemed light years away when Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 117 on the first morning, but a Rangana Herath-led bowling fightback restricted Australia’s first-innings lead… Read More →

Australia strikes early after taking 86-run lead


Rain brought an early end to play for the second consecutive day in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Pallekele on Wednesday (July 27). At close, Sri Lanka was 6 for 1 in its second innings, having lost Kusal Perera lbw to Mitchell Starc for 4, which left it trailing by 80 runs after Australia’s first innings ended at 203 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 117. After Perera’s dismissal, a sudden downpour forced the players to take an early tea break. But the deluge soon made it impossible for the match to resume, and the umpires called stumps early again. Earlier, Australia had gone on to build up a lead of 86 runs, which could prove crucial in the low-scoring… Read More →

Khawaja, Smith steady Australia before rain arrives


Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith extended Australia’s dominance after a fine show by the visiting side’s bowlers, who bowled Sri Lanka out for just 117, before rain had the final say on the opening day of the first Test in Pallekele on Tuesday (July 26). Australia was 66 for 2 at tea, trailing by 51 runs with Khawaja (25 not out) and Smith (28 not out) involved in an unbroken 59-run third-wicket partnership after it had lost David Warner (0) and Joe Burns (3), the openers, early in the piece. However, there was no play possible in the final session and that remained the score at stumps. Play will begin 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled 10am on Wednesday. In the post-lunch session, Nuwan Pradeep… Read More →

DIMUTH KARUNARATNE: Cutting School and playing softball cricket made my Dream Come True


For a player whom it was a guessing game of playing for his country, today, Dimuth Karunaratne finds the world before his feet. Indeed, Sri Lanka’s 2016 Man of the Test Series versus England for whom realizing his dream of playing for Sri Lanka once upon a time looked so remote is all smiles. At 28 years, Frank Dimuth Madushanka Karunaratne finds himself manning the batting of Sri Lanka’s Test team. A tally of 1751 runs from 28 matches and 54 innings with a highest of 186 and modest average of 34.33 for an opening batsman are his Test match credentials since debuting against England in 2012. As Dimuth recalls, “I thought my dream of playing for Sri Lanka was… Read More →

Blockbuster Mathews the impetus to Sri Lanka’s resurgence Says, ‘Life’s all about Pressure’


It is a critical new voyaging phase of Sri Lanka cricket that the sub continent nation, dubbed the Paradise Isle in the Indian Ocean, seeks new vistas. It becomes pertinently the thrust for a new order in rebuilding in the wake of senior player retirements and injuries to some. It is a search for the Holy Grail for an anointment that was truly saw tiny Sri Lanka bask as the paradise of cricket in the biff bang game. Had not Sri Lanka jolted the rest of the cricketing world just 15 years since entering the International Cricket (ICC) fold in1981, when the Indian Ocean nation brought mighty Australia dubbed the super power of world cricket to its knees? Winning the… Read More →