Upul Tharanga to Captain ODI matches against South Africa

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga celebrates his team's good bowling innings during the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka’s 31-year-old batting talisman has been chosen to captain the country’s five One Day International matches against South Africa starting in Port Elizabeth this Saturday (28). The left-hand-batsman will captain the ODI series in South Africa in the absence of Angelo Mathews who returned home this week. Mathews had informed the management of Sri Lanka Cricket that he may need to take time off to be with his family. A hamstring injury on the 2nd T- 20 on Sunday ruled him out of the match forcing the skipper to make an early exit for the rest of the series. Both Nuwan Pradeep and Dhanushka Gunathilaka also returned to Sri Lanka on Tuesday owing to their injuries. Meanwhile… Read More →

Media accreditation is open for ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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Media terms and conditions and tournament schedule are attached; to apply for accreditation, please click here The media accreditation process for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 7 to 21 February 2017 is open. Members of the media who intend to cover this event from the venues are advised to submit their applications before the close of business on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 (Dubai time). Visiting members of the media requiring visa letters to support their visa application forms, are requested to email scanned copies of their passports to the undersigned. Visa letters will only be issued after accreditation requests have been approved by the ICC. Please note that accreditation to… Read More →

SLC clears the air on player injuries

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23rd January 2017, Colombo: Captain of Sri Lanka’s national team Angelo Mathews is expected to return to Sri Lanka to join his family this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced citing that prior to the tour Mathews had indicated that he would need time off to be there for the birth of his first child. SLC on Monday confirmed that he has been granted permission to return home. The next T-20 match which is to be held on the 25th of this month will be captained by Dinesh Chandimal. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and opener Dhanuskha Gunathilaka are expected to return home to Sri Lanka today, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed citing that both players are in… Read More →

Wounded Mathews wins it for Sri Lanka

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Skipper remains unbeaten on 54 as visiting side levels T20I series with three-wicket victory Angelo Mathews, and by extension the Sri Lanka team, was down but certainly not out. Battling injury, the captain smacked two sixes in the last over to give his team a series-levelling three-wicket win in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday (January 22). Mathews made an unbeaten 54 as Sri Lanka chased down South Africa’s total of 113 with two balls left. However, the win came at a price. Mathews may have to sit out for the rest of the tour after rolling his right ankle when he put in a dive to avoid being run… Read More →

Miller, Ngidi set up win in rain-shortened match

South African batsman Heino Khun plays a shot during the first T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 20, 2017 at Supersport park in Centurion, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka falls 19 runs short after South Africa powers to 126 for 6 in ten-overs-a-side contest David Miller’s quick fire 40 helped set up South Africa’s victory over Sri Lanka. David Miller hit 40 off 18 balls to set up South Africa’s win in a rain-shortened first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on Friday(January 20). Miller’s power hitting enabled South Africa to score 126 for 6 in a match reduced to ten overs a side, before Sri Lanka reached 107 for 6, giving the home side victory by 19 runs. Sri Lanka’s chase was stymied first by Imran Tahir, the legspinner, who took 2 for 23 in his two overs – getting both openers in the sixth… Read More →

Outcome of the discussion with National team by officials held today

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Colombo: Bouncing back graciously from a crushing defeat, Sri Lanka’s youngest test team led by Captain Angelo Mathews engaged in a lengthy discussion with President of Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala this afternoon. During the meeting, the captain affirmed his team’s commitment to re-strategize for the upcoming T20 and ODI in South Africa. The President convened this emergency meeting at the Sri Lanka Cricket Head Quarters with the participation of Vice-Presidents Jayantha Dharmadasa and K. Mathivanan along with Chairman of Selectors Committee Sanath Jayasuriya, Coach Graham Ford with Captain Angelo Mathews and Team Manager Ranjith Fernando. Chairman of Cricket Committee Aravinda de Silva, Secretary to the Board Mohan de Silva and High Performance Manager Simon Willis were also present… Read More →

President Sri Lanka Cricket selects Jaffna for a new Intl’ Cricket Stadium

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Giving every outstanding cricketer a “just and fair” opportunity to represent Sri Lanka is the underlying theme of Sri Lanka Cricket’s ambitious National Development Plan for 2017. To achieve this, the current SLC administration strongly believes that the development of the provincial cricket infrastructure and proper stadium facilities will uplift the standards of the school and local club cricket. This had been ignored by the authorities for many years and a carefully designed plan is underway to remedy these challenges in a professional manner. Out of the two ear-marked projects for this year, special attention is given for the proposed Jaffna International Cricket Stadium. SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala along with the SLC officials embarked on a visit to Jaffna Peninsula,… Read More →

Dominant South Africa completes series sweep

South African JP Duminy is congratulated by his teammates after he caught out Sri Lanka batsman Upul Tharanga (not pictured) during the third Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 14, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg.  / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Sri Lanka goes down by an innings and 118 runs inside three days in third and final Test South Africa beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs inside three days in the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday (January 14) in yet another show of utter dominance over the visiting side. Batting first, South Africa hit 426 and then bowled Sri Lanka out for 131 and 177 to claim the three-match series 3-0 under new captain Faf du Plessis. Sri Lanka was 124 for 6 at tea on the third day in the second innings after South Africa’s pacers sent it tumbling to 131 all out in the first hit. The visitor… Read More →

Sri Lanka U-19 off to a flying start in South Africa

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12th January, 2017, Stellenbosch – South Africa: The Sri Lankan Under-19 team in Sri Lanka was off to a good start at their first warm-up match against the Boland Academy at Stellenbosch scoring 288 for the loss of five wickets in just 49.3 overs. The Sri Lankan lads won the toss and elected to bat first. Thisaru Rashmika was included after both coaches decided to have 12 players each for the match with one player bowling and the other batting. Boland Academy scored 284 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Thisaru secured four wickets for 64 runs while Manelker got two wickets. Captain Avishka Fernando had to retire early as he was hit on the… Read More →

Sri Lanka National team T20 Squad – Tour of South Africa

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The selection panel of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has picked a 15 – member squad for a T20 to be played in South Africa. The squad for this T20 delegation has representatives from all regions. Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Seekuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunarathna, Sachith Pathirana, Lakshan Sadakan, and Nuwan Kulasekara are scheduled to fly out to South Africa tomorrow. New on the T-20 the 23-year old Thikshila De Silva, is a hard hitting batsman who is also a right arm paceman. Apart from these players skipper Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva will remain in South Africa to make up the T- 20 squad. The T20 match schedule for Sri Lanka vs South… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under-19 Cricket team tour to South Africa

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Sri Lanka Under-19 Cricket team will leave to South Africa on Sunday evening to play a Youth ODI series against South Africa Under-19 and Zimbabwe Under-19 team, scheduled to begin from 11th January at Stellenbosch. The young cricketers will begin their campaign with a practice match against the Boland Academy at the Spes Bona Cricket grounds in Stellenbosch on January 11th (Wednesday). The Sri Lankan team will play three matches each against both countries at various venues including Wally Wilson Oval, Boland Park and Coertzenberg Oval. The final is to be held on the 28th of January at Boland Park in Paarl. The team will led by by Avishaka Fernando while Kamindu Mendis will be the Vice-Captain for the tour…. Read More →

Rabada bowls South Africa to series win

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (L) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal (not in picture) during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 5, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Kagiso Rabada’s six-wicket haul helped South Africa crush Sri Lanka by 282 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Newlands on Thursday (January 5). With the massive victory, South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Rabada, the paceman, took three wickets in two overs and finished with 6 for 55 to as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 224 all out in its chase of 507. South Africa wrapped up the win in less than two hours, claiming the remaining six wickets after Sri Lanka resumed on 130 for 4. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, the overnight pair, saw out the first five overs of the day but Rabada struck soon, triggering a… Read More →

Rabada, Philander take South Africa closer to series win

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (2R) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman with teammates during the second Test cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 4, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Home side reduces Sri Lanka to 130/4 at the end of the third day of the Newlands Test in a chase of 507 Kagiso Rabada took the wickets of Kaushal Silva and Dhananjaya de Silva to derail Sri Lanka’s chase Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander took two wickets each as Sri Lanka was left struggling at 130 for 4 in a chase of 507 on the third day of the second Test at Newlands on Wednesday (January 4). South Africa had declared its second innings on 224 for 7 earlier in the afternoon, with Dean Elgar again leading the batting effort. Angelo Mathews (29 not out), the captain, and Dinesh Chandimal (28 not out) were batting at the close, their… Read More →

Elgar, de Kock guide South Africa to 297/6

South African batsman Dean Elgar (C) celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 2, 2017, at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.   / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Dean Elgar’s hundred and a half-century from Quinton de Kock helped South Africa recover from rocky patches to reach 297 for 6 at the end of the first day of the second Test at Newlands on Monday (January 2). Elgar, the left-handed opener, hit a career-best 129, staying calm even as wickets tumbled around him. He shared a vital 103-run partnership for the sixth wicket with de Kock, the duo lifting the side from 169 for 5.   De Kock was batting at 68 at the close, with Kyle Abbott by his side unbeaten on 16. After Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, asked the home side to bat, his seam bowlers took advantage of a grassy pitch and overcast sky. Stephen Cook,… Read More →