Sri Lanka win by 25 runs despite Moeen ton

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A blistering maiden century by Moeen Ali and a late cameo by Ravi Bopara couldn’t help England prevent a 25-run loss against Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International in Colombo on Wednesday (November 26). Ali smashed 119 in just 87 balls, in a knock studded by 11 fours and five sixes, as he got the visitor’s chase of Sri Lanka’s formidable 317 for 6 off to a quick start. Bopara attempted to finish what Ali started, and his 65 off 62 balls at the end offered England hope of victory, but wickets fell around them. England folded for 292, Bopara the last man out in the 48th over. Earlier, put in to bat at the Premadasa stadium after rain delayed… Read More →

VIP Power Lunch for “Street to Stadium”

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Media Release 22 November 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka – On Friday 28 November, Standard Chartered and Sri Lanka Cricket will host an exclusive corporate event – a VIP Power Lunch – at the R Premadasa Stadium from 11.00 AM, for cricket enthusiasts among leading business executives. Not only will the event afford an opportunity for mingling with the cricketers but also a special “on the stool” interview will allow some insights into the strategies and personalities of some very talented sportsmen. Reservations for the Street to Stadium fund raising event “Power Lunch”, reminiscent of a lazy cricketing Sunday complete with marquees and pub style food, is priced at LKR 5000/- a head or LKR 40,000/- for an 8 seater corporate… Read More →

Press release: Rain reserve day rules

Media Release All matches will consist of one innings per side, each innings being limited to a maximum of 50 overs. All matches shall be of one day’s scheduled duration provided that participating countries in a series may agree to provide a reserve day on which an incomplete match may be replayed or continued from the schedule day. If the match is to be continued on the reserve day, the participating countries may agree that 1) Every effort is made to complete the match on the scheduled day with any necessary reduction in overs taking place and only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on the scheduled day will the match be… Read More →

Senanayake officially re-tested

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that ‘Sachithra Senanayake’ who is currently facing a International ban on his bowling action had his official retest conducted at an ICC Official testing site in Chennai (India) over the weekend (Sunday) . The results of the retest are expected to be made available by the ICC in (14) days time.

Sri Lanka squad for 1st three ODIs agianst England

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At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named the following players for the 1st three ODI s of the England 7 ODI tour. 1. Angelo Mathews (Capt ) 2. T.M Dilshan 3. Kusal Janith Perera 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Mahela Jayawardena 6. Lahiru Thirimanne 7. Jeevan Mendis 8. Thilina Kandamby 9. Rangana Herath 10. Dilruwan Perera 11. Ajantha Mendis 12. Shaminda Eranga 13. Dhammika Prasad 14. Thisara Perera 15. Lahiru Gamage This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Sri Lanka ‘A’ squad for warm up matches against England

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Media Release The National Selectors at a meeting held have selected the following players for the warm up matches of the England tour 2014. 1 Ashan Priyanjan (Captain) 2 Kaushal Silva 3 Kusal Janith Perera 4 Niroshan Dickwella 5 Dinesh Chandimal 6 Thilina Kandamby 7 Kithruwan Vithanage 8 Jeevan Mendis 9 Dilruwan Perera 10 S A Lakshan Randika Sandakan 11 Ramith Rambukwella 12 Lahiru Gamage 13 Dushmantha Chameera 14 Vishva Fernando 15 Nisala Tharaka

Mathews moves to summit in ODI all-rounder rankings

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, has surged to the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders for the first time after accumulating 339 runs, including 139 not out and two half centuries (75 and 92 not out), to finish the India series with an average of 113.00 with the bat. In doing so, he also moved up four places to a career high 10th place in the batting rankings. The Colombo star also chipped in with four wickets, and he now holds a nine-point advantage, on 420 points, over Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez in the all-rounder rankings. In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Mathews has moved up five places to 24th, while Ravichandran Ashwin climbed one place to 15th to… Read More →

Kohli century leads India to victory

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Match Report Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 139 (126) led India to a three-wicket win in a nail-biting finish in the last game of the five-match ODI series in Ranchi. A maiden ODI century by Angelo Mathews was the saving grace for the visitors after being reduced to 85/4 in the 19th over. Assisted by Lahiru Thirimanne, the Sri Lankan captain revived the innings and powered the side to 286/8 with an unbeaten 139 after electing to bat. The SL captain returned to remove the hosts’ openers in the first five overs but his opposite number fought to seize victory in a high-pressure chase. While Mathews’ 139 went in vain, Kohli’s knock helped India claim the series 5-0. Chasing the respectable total,… Read More →

SLC Executive Committee Decisions – November 13th 2014

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Media Release The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held yesterday (13th November 2014) made the following decisions. Appointment of Coach for the Under 19 National Team Mr. Roger Wijesooriya has been chosen for the post of Under 19 Coach with effect from 01st November 2014 with the mandate of overlooking Under 17 team as well for a period of two years. Even at present, he is in charge of Under 19 as the Team Coach, it is also noteworthy to mention that Sri Lanka U 19 team was  able to beat Australia U 19 team convincingly in the recently concluded ODI series under his mentoring. Suspect Bowling Action Protocol The Suspect Bowling Action Protocol was approved. The protocol has been initialized by the suspect… Read More →

Jeremy Snape and Trevor Penny to help Sri Lankan Cricketers

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Cricketer turned Psychologist Jeremy Snape has been retained by SLC to help the Sri Lankan National Team in the run-up to the forthcoming World Cup 2015. Accordingly Jeremy Snape will be with the Sri Lankan team for 17 days from 25th November to 11th December 2014. Jeremy will be able to enhance individual performance of the National Team with the World Cup in mind. This move is bound to add value to the system at this crucial stage and derive the maximum output of players to face any challenges in the upcoming tours and the World Cup 2015 in particular. Trevor Penny has been appointed as the Fielding Coach to the Team. Trevor was a part of the Sri… Read More →

Dhawan steers India to series win

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Match Report In Sunday’s (November 9) third One-Day International against Sri Lanka, India emerged the victor by six wickets at a near-packed Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Aside from a battling effort from Mahela Jayawardena (118), India cantered to a win, wrapping up the five-match series with two to go. For India to falter after restricting Sri Lanka to 242 in 48.2 overs, it would have needed an extraordinary effort from the visiting side. There was a steeply rising delivery from Thisara Perera that Ajinkya Rahane (31 in 47 balls) fended to Jayawardena at first slip. And there was big miscommunication between Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu that led to both ending up at the bowler’s end,… Read More →

Thirimanne and Chandimal called up for India series

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Media Release At a Selection Meeting held the following players have been selected for the 4th and 5th ODI s for the Sri Lanka tour of India. They will be replacing the players named at the bottom. 1.Lahiru Thirimanne 2.Dinesh Chandimal 3.Ajantha Mendis 4.Shaminda Eranga The above players will replace the following players. 1Kumar Sangakkara 2.Suraj Randiv 3.Upul Tharanga 4.Dhammika Prasad This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Angelo Mathews named captain of ICC Test Team of the Year

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ICC Media Release The ICC today announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year, as chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by the ICC’s Cricket Committee chairman and former India captain Anil Kumble. The announcement was made by Mr Kumble at a media conference at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai, where ICC Chief Executive David Richardson also announced the short-lists for the LG ICC Awards 2014. This year’s winners will be announced via a media release on 14 November, while a special TV show, which will recap the last year in world cricket and also include interviews with many nominees and winners, will be broadcast on 15 November. ICC Test Team of the Year 2014 (in batting order): David… Read More →

Sri Lanka ‘A’ Squad for 3rd ODI against Windies A

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the following selections were made by the National Selectors with regard to the Sri Lanka ‘A’ Squad for the 3rd ODI Vs West Indies ‘A’ Team to be played at  SSC on the 5th of November 2014.   Lahiru Thirimanne (Captain) Dhanushka Gunathilaka Dimuth Karunaratne Dinesh Chandimal Kithuruwan Vithanage Thilina Kandamby Dilhara Fernando Bhanuka Rajapaksha P.L.R Sandakan Ramith Rambukwella Farveez Maharoof Sachith Pathirana Nisala Tharaka Dushmantha Chameera Ajantha Mendis This has been approved by the Hon. Minister of Sports.  

Opportunity for both India and Sri Lanka to claim number-one ODI ranking

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ICC Media Release India and Sri Lanka go head to head in a five-ODI series in Cuttack on Sunday eyeing the number-one position on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings. India currently sits in third position behind South Africa and Australia, and leads fourth-ranked Sri Lanka by two ratings points. However, if the home side wins the series by 4-1 or better, then it will jump to the top of the leaderboard. A 4-1 series win will put India at par with South Africa on 115 ratings points, but when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, then it will be ranked number-one. A 5-0 sweep will mean India will take a two-point lead over South Africa. In contrast, the task for… Read More →