Sri Lanka and West Indies aim to earn crucial points

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ICC Media Release With eight sides confirmed for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the race to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 begins in Colombo on Sunday when Sri Lanka hosts the West Indies in a three-match series. Sri Lanka currently sits in fifth position on 103 points, while the West Indies is ranked eighth on 88 points. Each One-Day International (ODI) played over the next 23 months will count as the top eight sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, while the bottom four sides, along with the top sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League, will head to the ICC Cricket World Cup… Read More →

Herath, Siriwardana take Sri Lanka to victory

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Rangana Herath and Milinda Siriwardana, the left-arm spin twins, combined to take seven West Indies wickets as Sri Lanka registered a 72-run win in the second Test on Monday (October 26) to sweep the series 2-0. The West Indies, who resumed on 20 for 1 chasing 244 after the fourth day was washed out due to rain, was bowled out for 171 in the post-lunch session of the final day at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. Herath ended with figures of 4 for 56 while Siriwardana took 3 for 25. Darren Bravo resisted for over two hours, scoring a 134-ball 61, but was soon running out of partners before he was dismissed in the 52nd over with 125 runs… Read More →

Squad for Board President’s XI Practice match vs West Indies

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Media Release The National Selection Committee has named the following squad for the 50 over Practice game between the visiting West Indies and the Board President’s XI on 29th October 2015 at Colts Grounds, Colombo. 1. Dhanushka Gunathilaka 2. Kusal Mendis 3. Lahiru Thirimanne (Captain) 4. Shehan Jayasuriya 5. Chamara Kapugedera 6. Dasun Shanaka 7. Thisara Perera 8. Seekkuge Prasanna 9. Suraj Randiv 10. Isuru Udana 11. Binura Fernando 12. Lahiru Madushanka 13. Lakshan Sandakan 14. Akila Dhananjaya 15. Lahiru Milantha

Jerome Jayaratne answers questions from fans via social media

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Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Head Coach Jerome Jayaratne answered questions from fans submitted via our social media platforms. We were overwhelmed with the response from Facebook and Twitter, but we tried to narrow them down to provide a good representation of what many fans were curious about. Questions from Facebook  Q: Eranga Senarath: How are you going to improve the fielding skills of our team and physical fitness of the players?  A: The key to this is just hard work with no short cuts, like a glass of water you only could drink as much as you put into it, the skill training to improve fielding is in motion & the physical training is being handled by Michael Main our trainer who is an… Read More →

Rain washes out fourth day’s play

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Persistent rain prevented any play on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo on Sunday (October 25), with West Indies needing another 224 runs with nine wickets in hand for its first Test win in Sri Lanka. West Indies had reached 20 for 1 with Shai Hope on 17 when rain stopped play on Saturday evening, and the covers remained on the field throughout Sunday at the P Sara Oval. The umpires finally cancelled play for the day at 2.45 pm local time following another inspection of the rain-soaked pitch and outfield. Batting first, Sri Lanka was dismissed for 200, but responded by shooting West Indies out for just 163 before scoring 206 in its second innings to… Read More →

Photos: Presentation Ceremony – Pakistan Under 19 tour of Sri Lanka

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The fifth and final Youth ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was called without a ball bowled. Sri Lanka Under 19s clinch the One Day series 3-0. Sammu Ashan was the leading run scorer for Sri Lanka with 189 runs (avg. 94.50) inclusive of one century while Charith Asalanka and Jehan Daniel captured the most wickets with six (avg 9.83) and five (avg. 9.40) repectively.

Dhammika Prasad strikes after Brathwaite six-for

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Sri Lanka struck early but play was called off after tea due to rain on the third day of the second Test, with the West Indies 20 for 1 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Saturday (October 24). That left the visiting side with 224 more to get after being set a target of 244 to level the two-match Test series. The West Indies bowlers did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 206 in the home side’s second innings, but lost Kraigg Brathwaite in the nine overs possible before close of play. The match will commence 15 minutes earlier on the fourth day to make up for some of the time lost due to rain. Dhammika Prasad gave… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka take unassailable 3-0 lead

Kaveen Bandara’s 91 and debutant Udith Madushan’s 3 for 41 helped Sri Lanka Under-19 beat Pakistan Under-19 by 85 runs in the fourth youth ODI in Colombo, and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Brief Score Sri Lanka U19 216 in 35.5 overs (Kaveen Bandara 91, Kamindu Mendis 39, Thanuka Dabare 25, Lahiru Samarakoon 17, Sameen Gul 3-37, Hasan Mohsin 2-29, Shadab Khan 2-34) Pakistan U19 131 in 29.5 overs (Hayatullah 34, Zeeshan Malik 24, Shadab Khan 23, Udith Madushan 3-41, Lahiru Samarakoon 2-20, Sachitha Jayathilaka 2-11)

Sri Lanka builds lead after bowlers’ good show

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Sri Lanka backed up a strong bowling performance with a solid start with the bat in its second innings on the second day of the second Test. After bowling the West Indies out for 163, Sri Lanka reached 76 for 2 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, an overall lead of 113. Kaushal Silva, the opening batsman, was unbeaten on 31 and had Dinesh Chandimal, unbeaten on 5, for company on Friday (October 23). Dhammika Prasad’s good form continued as he returned figures of 4 for 34, while Dilruwan Perera, the off-spinner, took 3 for 26. Perera took the last three wickets to fall in a second session that was extended by nearly 30 minutes to allow Sri Lanka… Read More →

Sri Lanka ODI squad for Windies series 2015

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Media Release The National selectors together with the Captain and in consultation with the Head Coach has selected the following squad for the upcoming ODI series versus the West Indies. 1. Angelo Mathews 2. Lahiru Thirimanne 3. T.M.Dilshan 4. Kusal Janith Perera 5. Dinesh Chandimal 6. Milinda Siriwardena 7. Shehan Jayasuriya 8. Sachithra Senanayake 9. Jefferey Vandersay 10. Ajantha Mendis 11. Lasith Malinga 12. Nuwan Kulasekera 13. Suranga Lakmal 14. Dushmantha Chameera 15. Dhanushka Gunathileka

Bowlers put West Indies ahead in Colombo

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Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican bagged four wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 200 to put the West Indies in a strong position on the first day of the second Test on Thursday (October 22). Warrican, 23, playing in his first Test, grabbed 4 for 67 off 20 overs, after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo. Eventually, Bad light stopped play when the visitors were 17 for 1 off 5.2 overs in its quest for the first West Indian Test win on Sri Lankan soil. They lost Shai Hope, trapped leg before by Dhammika Prasad, in the very first over for just four. At stumps, Kraigg Brathwaite (4 not out) and… Read More →