West Indies signs off with consolation victory

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West Indies finally had something to smile about at the end of what has been a difficult outing of Sri Lanka, scoring its first victory in the final game of the tour to draw the two-match Twenty20 International series 1-1 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday (November 11). Having lost the Test series 0-2 and the One-Day International series 0-3, West Indies was in genuine danger of leaving Sri Lanka without a win on tour when it finally played the kind of limited-overs cricket it is known for on its way to a 23-run win in the second and final T20I. Building on Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher’s 62-run stand for the first wicket, West Indies posted 162 for… Read More →

Last chance for West Indies to salvage some pride

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It has been over a month since West Indies landed on Sri Lankan shores, and it has been a tour to forget for it. West Indies managed a draw against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in the pre-series tour game, lost the two-Test series 2-0, won a practice game on the Duckworth-Lewis method, lost the One-Day International series 3-0 and is now down 1-0 in the two-match Twenty20 International series. Not much to write home about. Fortunately, it has one last chance to go home with at least one win under its belt. Unfortunately, with Sri Lanka looking to assert its dominance, the match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday (November 11) could be just another exhausting encounter for… Read More →

Batsmen, Senanayake make it 1-0 for Sri Lanka

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A combined effort from Sri Lanka’s batsmen and spinners helped it win a high-scoring first Twenty20 International by 30 runs against West Indies in Pallekele on Monday (November 9). All of Sri Lanka’s top five batsmen made scores in excess of 35, all of them at a rapid pace, to help the home side post a huge 215 for 3 in its 20 overs. West Indies fought hard for a while but succumbed to scoreboard pressure and was ultimately bowled out for 185 in 19.5 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan was the top scorer for Sri Lanka with a 37-ball 56 while Kusal Perera (40 from 36), Shehan Jayasuriya (36 from 22), Dinesh Chandimal (40 off 19) and Angelo Mathews (37 from… Read More →

Shashikala injured, Chamari appointed as Captain

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Captain of the Women’s National Team Shashikala Siriwardene was injured while batting in the last match. A delivery crushed her right thumb resulting in a displaced fracture. As advised by the doctor she will be immobilized for 4 weeks. Oshadi Ranasinghe will join the team as a replacement. Chamari Atapattu has been appointed as the Captain and Sripali Weerakkody as the Vice Captain of the team.

Narine reported for suspect bowling action

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West Indies bowler Sunil Narine has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the third ODI against Sri Lanka, which the home side won by 19 runs in Pallekele on Saturday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the West Indies team management after the match, cited concerns about the legality of the 27-year-old’s deliveries. Narine’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Narine is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. Details of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers… Read More →

2nd T20I rescheduled to 11th November 2015

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform the general public that the second T 20 of the above tour, which was to be played on the 12th of November has been Re Scheduled for the 11th of November at the same venue. This is in respect of the 12th of November being declared a National Day of Mourning. Tickets purchased for the 12th November (2nd T20) are valid for the 11th November 2015. As a mark of respect, Musical Instruments (Papare Bands) will not be permitted to be played on this day.

Sri Lanka’s No. 1 T20I ranking on the line as teams continue ICC WT20 2016 preparations

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ICC Media Release Preparations for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 continue as reigning champion Sri Lanka goes head to head with former winner West Indies in a two-match series in Pallekele on Monday. The India event will take place from 11 March to 3 April and Sri Lanka will defend the title it won after defeating India by six wickets in the final in Mirpur last year. The West Indies had lifted the silverware in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in October 2012 when it beat the home side by six wickets. As many as 12 T20I matches will be played this month and the action will begin on Monday with Sri Lanka’s number-one position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings on… Read More →

Samuels ton in vain as Sri Lanka completes 3-0 series win

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Sri Lanka swept the three-match One-Day International series against the West Indies 3-0 with a 19-run win by the Duckworth-Lewis method in the third and final game at the Palllekele International Stadium on Saturday (November 7). Marlon Samuels’s fighting century went in vain as Sri Lanka, chasing 191 in the allotted 36 overs in a rain-curtailed game, reached 180 for 5 in 32.3 overs before rain again brought an end to proceedings. Sri Lanka’s chase was built on useful contributions from the top and middle order. It got off to a brisk start for the third consecutive time in the series courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan (21) and Kusal Perera (50), who added 40 runs in 5.3 overs. Dilshan was gifted a… Read More →

A Sensational Series win for New Zealand Women

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In record-breaking style, the New Zealand White Ferns have crushed Sri Lanka Women by 188 runs today to claim the trophy in their historic inaugural five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, with two games in hand — thanks to a New Zealand record opening stand that featured Rachel Priest’s second ODI century in just three games. Thirty-year-old Priest, who came into the series never having scored a ton for the White Ferns belted four consecutive fours off Inoka Ranaweera to go to 98*, then breezed past the three figure mark as she stormed on to an explosive partnership of 196 with captain Suzie Bates, who had elected to bat on a sunny Bert Sutcliffe Oval. When Bates fell on 80… Read More →