Sri Lanka squad against Bangladesh test series announced

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 #amatterofpride 28th February 2017, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the names of the 15 players who will form the test squad for the two test series against Bangladesh when the tour starts on the 7th of March. Accordingly seven batsmen, four fast bowlers and four spin bowlers have been enlisted to the team. Making his debut to the national team is left-arm orthodox spinner Malinda Pushpakumara who led the Sri Lankan A team to victory with a three wicket win over the England Lions in the 2 nd unofficial test match at Dambulla yesterday (27). The list (subject to the ratification of the Minister of Sports, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera) is as follows: Rangana Herath (Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella,… Read More →

Rangana to captain Sri Lanka against Bangladesh test series

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Malinda Pushpakumara gets maiden call to the National Team 27th February 2017, Colombo: Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been named as the Test captain to lead the Sri Lankan team for two test series against Bangladesh. Herath led the Sri Lankan team to victory in November last year, with a clean sweep of 2-0 against Zimbabwe in his first series as captain. While the spinner has retired from the shorter format of the game, he has taken on the challenge of leading the team through the two test series against the Bangladeshi team. Meanwhile, slow left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara has been included in the test squad. Pushpakumara first represented the Sri Lanka A team in 2012 when he faced… Read More →

PHOTOS: President lays foundation stone for Monarawila Cricket Ground

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Opening of refurbished nets – As part of the long term development plan for Cricket in the Island the SLC lead by president Thilanga Sumathipala opens refurbished Cricket nets in Ratnapura. Monarawila district office / grounds – Moving forward to strengthen and provide opportunity for players throughout the island SLC with the guidance of President Thilanga Sumathipala laid the foundation stone for the Monarawila District Office and commenced construction work on the Monarawila Cricket grounds.  

A formidable Test Team in the offing

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The National Selections Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket is set to meet on Tuesday (28) to decide on a formidable team that would play the first two test matches against the Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka 2017 which begins on March 7th . Accordingly it has been announced that Angleo Mathews will not be able to play the first two test matches. The first test match is scheduled to be held in Galle while the second is to be held at the P.Saravanamuttu Stadium. Angelo Mathews would likely be available to play the One-day International and T20 matches thereafter. Despite his absence, the selections committee is confident that the lessons learned from the South African series will help in putting… Read More →

Zampa halts Sri Lanka charge

Visiting side takes T20I series 2-1, but legspinner’s three wickets guide Australia to 41-run win after putting up 187 for 6 Adam Zampa, the legspinner, claimed three wickets to bowl Australia to victory and avoid a Twenty20 International series defeat against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Wednesday (February 22). Zampa, who was left out of the previous match which Sri Lanka won to clinch the three-match series, captured 3 for 25 at a crucial stage as Australia went on to win by 41 runs. He was named the man of the match. Aaron Finch and Michael Klinger, the openers, hit half-centuries as Australia, with their leading stars in India for this week’s Test series, set Sri Lanka 188 runs to… Read More →

Harmanpreet does a Dhoni with injured wrist

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Stand-in captain ignores medical advice to do the star-turn for India in final against South Africa “Dhoni wala feeling aa rahi hai (I am starting to feel like Dhoni),” said Harmanpreet Kaur, soon after hitting a six and a two off the last two balls in India Women’s thrilling one-wicket win over South Africa Women in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 at the P Sara Oval on Tuesday (February 21). Harmanpreet was disappointed coming into the final of the tournament. She had not yet been able to adjust from the fast surfaces in Australia, where she represented Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League, to the slow tracks in Colombo. Her father called her from India on… Read More →

Sri Lanka plans bigger comeback despite minor setback

Sri Lankan batsman Niroshan Dickwella plays a shot during the fifth and last One Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Supersport park cricket ground on February 10, 2017 in Centurion, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTIAAN KOTZE

Following Sri Lanka’s stunning last-ball win over Australia during the second T20 match on Sunday at Geelong’s Kardinia Park, the team despite a few setbacks will return to clinch the trophy, in what hopes to be a whitewash of the series in Australia. 5-0 is Sri Lanka’s win-loss record in T20s in Australia to-date. It is the second best record in a country without losing a game. Australia is the only country where Sri Lanka hasn’t lost a T20, and they are the only team unbeaten in Australia. “The team has performed very well during the last two T20 matches in Australia and are preparing well for the third. Despite the fact that Niroshan Dickwella will not be playing the… Read More →

Gunaratne muscles Sri Lanka to series win

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring the winning run during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

A spectacular unbeaten 84 by Asela Gunaratne helped Sri Lanka edge out Australia by two wickets and clinch the three-match Twenty20 International series with a game to spare in Geelong on Sunday (February 19). Gunaratne, the right-hand batsman, hammered six fours and five sixes during his 46-ball knock as Sri Lanka hunted down Australia’s 173 all out by reaching 176 for 8 off the final ball of the 20th over. Gunaratne brought up the victory when he smashed the last ball of the match, from Andrew Tye, over cover for the winning boundary. It was the second time in three nights that Sri Lanka had pulled off a last-ball victory. Chamara Kapugedera had hammered a boundary to win Friday’s opening… Read More →

Sri Lanka, Pakistan complete line-up for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

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Sri Lanka and Pakistan have completed the list of qualifiers for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 after the last round of Super Six matches were completed at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday. Sri Lanka scored a 42 runs victory over Bangladesh under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method to qualify as the third side behind India and South Africa with six points in the Super Six stage while Pakistan had a forgettable outing against India in its last match to finish with four points. Pakistan was bowled out for only 67 runs and lost by seven wickets as India got past the target in only 22.3 overs but Pakistan qualified as the fourth team since Bangladesh was nowhere… Read More →

Pakistan, Sri Lanka look set to qualify for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

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Pakistan and Sri Lanka look set to make it to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 as they take on India and Bangladesh respectively, in the last round of Super Six matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday. India leads the Super Six points table with eight points while South Africa is the other side to have qualified with six points. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are on four points each and close to qualifying, while Bangladesh is on two points and with a long shot at qualifying as it needs to pull off a huge win in its last match. Pakistan should be through even with a loss due to its high net run-rate while Bangladesh… Read More →

Sri Lanka pips Australia with boundary off last ball

Finch’s men put up 168 for 6, but Gunaratne, Kapugedera stun home side to secure five-wicket win Chamara Kapugedera belted a four off the last ball to give Sri Lanka an incredible five-wicket win over Australia in its first Twenty20 International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday (February 17). The win, coming on the back of its 2-1 series win over South Africa last month, kept Sri Lanka unbeaten in four T20I games in Australia. Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 with two games to be played in Geelong on Sunday and Adelaide on Wednesday. A lot of the credit should go to Asela Gunaratne, whose fiery 52 off 37 balls, earned him man of the match. Gunaratne hit… Read More →

Sri Lanka pips Australia with boundary off last ball

Finch’s men put up 168 for 6, but Gunaratne, Kapugedera stun home side to secure five-wicket win Chamara Kapugedera belted a four off the last ball to give Sri Lanka an incredible five-wicket win over Australia in its first Twenty20 International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday (February 17). The win, coming on the back of its 2-1 series win over South Africa last month, kept Sri Lanka unbeaten in four T20I games in Australia. Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 with two games to be played in Geelong on Sunday and Adelaide on Wednesday. A lot of the credit should go to Asela Gunaratne, whose fiery 52 off 37 balls, earned him man of the match. Gunaratne hit… Read More →

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka 2017 schedule announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket together with the Bangladesh Cricket Board has confirmed the schedule of Bangladesh tour to Sri Lanka which starts from February 27th and will last till April 6th. The tour will start with a twoday warm-up match which will be played in Moratuwa followed by two Test matches, the first of which is scheduled to be played in Galle while the second will be played at P.Sara Oval. There are also three ODI matches, out of which two are to be played in Dambulla while the third will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground. There are also two T20 matches both of which will be played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS). The match-schedule… Read More →

SL Deaf Cricket Team to participate at Asia Deaf Cricket Cup 2017

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15 th February 2017, Colombo: A talented team of 15 players who form the Sri Lankan Deaf Cricket Team have been given an impetus by Cricket Aid, which will sponsor the team’s visit to India to participate in the upcoming 3rd Asia Deaf Cricket Cup 2017, scheduled to be held in Hyderabad. The team which participated in the same tournament in 2012 in Pakistan emerged as Runners Up. The team also participated in the 1st T-20 Asia Cup which was held in Pakistan and clinched 3rd place while the host country Pakistan emerged as champions of the game. Hemajith Kumara, Secretary to the Sri Lanka Deaf Cricket Association said that the association was committed to uplifting leather ball cricket among… Read More →