Kusal, Chandimal help Sri Lanka draw level

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Kusal Perera’s quick-fire fifty and an unbeaten 48 from Dinesh Chandimal took Sri Lanka to a series-levelling two-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second One-Day International in Pallekele on Wednesday (July 15). Chasing Pakistan’s 287 for 8, Sri Lanka was 159 for 5 before recovering to cross the line with 11 balls to spare and levelling the three-match series 1-1. Kusal Perera got Sri Lanka off to a great start at the top of the order. His 50 came off 17 balls, just one less than AB de Villier’s record for the fastest half-century, and matching his countryman Sanath Jayasuriya’s feat. His first-wicket stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan was worth 92 off just 8.2 overs. Mohammad Irfan finally got the breakthrough… Read More →

Pakistan primed to build on success

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Pakistan’s ongoing tour of Sri Lanka has already been a memorable one. Misbah-ul-Haq’s men pulled off a stunning chase of 377 in the final Test last week to secure a 2-1 result, a first Test series win in the island nation since 2006. Building on that success, Pakistan also cruised to victory in the first game of the five-match One-Day International series in Dambulla on July 11. With Sri Lanka entering the post Mahela Jayawardene-Kumar Sangakkara era, the batting is still finding its feet, and several of the top order men got starts, but didn’t go on to make a big score. In the first ODI, Dinesh Chandimal’s enterprising half-century took Sri Lanka to a competitive 255 for 8, but… Read More →

Air Force SC clinch Womens Division II – 40 overs Tournament

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Date : 13 th July 2015 Played at :MCA Grounds Teams: Air Force SC “A” VS Navy SC “A” Toss won by : AF SC Batting First : AF SC scored 169 runs for 9 wicket over 40 Anushka Sanjeewani – 53 runs Shakila Kumari – 37 runs Bowling – Navy SC Priyani Adikari – 3 for 29 runs Mihirani Chaturika – 3 for 21 runs Second innings- Navy SC all out for 165 runs in 39.3 Batting – Priyani Adikari – 71 runs Dumila Dedunu – 24 runs Bowling- AF SC Shakila Kumari – 3 for 23 runs Harshani Maduwanthi – 2 for 27 runs Sudeepa Athukorala 2 for 22 runs Air Force SC “A” won by 4 runs

Multi-faceted Hafeez stars in Pakistan victory

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Mohammad Hafeez turned in a fine all-round performance to power Pakistan to a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International of a five-match series in Dambulla on Saturday (July 11). Hafeez first took 4 for 41 to restrict Sri Lanka, after Pakistan had opted to field on winning the toss, and then came out all guns blazing to smash 103 off just 95 balls to give his side a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Hafeez’s efforts meant Sri Lanka was kept to a reasonable 255 for 8 in its 50 overs. The chase, riding once again on Hafeez’s shoulders, was completed in 45.2 overs. Pakistan entered this series ranked ninth in the ICC tables, and needs… Read More →

India’s tour of Sri Lanka schedule announced

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Media Release Indian Cricket Team to tour Sri Lanka for a three-Test series  The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and Sri Lanka Cricket would like to confirm the schedule of India’s tour to Sri Lanka in August-September 2015. The tour will start with a three-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka Chairman’s XI, followed by three Test matches. The Test matches will be played at Galle, Tamil Union Oval, and SSC Colombo. The match-schedule is as follows   Indian Tour – August /September 2015 Match Schedule Month   Date Team / Venues August Mon 3 Arrival in Colombo   Thur to Sat 6 to 8 Three day match – R.Premadasa Intl Cri Stadium Wen to Sun 12 to… Read More →

Squad for South Africa Emerging Tour of Sri Lanka 2015

Media Release At a meeting of the Selection Committee held on the 6th July 2015, the following squad of 14 was selected for the 1st four day match of the above series. Romesh Buddhika – Captain Sadeera Samarawickrama Hashan Dumindu Kusal Mendis Bhanuka Rajapakse Lahiru Madusanka Lakshan Sandaken Jeffrey Vandersay Minod Bhanuka Nisala Tharake Kasun Madhushanka Denuwan Rajakaruna Kasun Rajitha Sahan Nanayakkara Angelo Jayasinghe The Hon. Navin Dissanayake Minister of Tourism & Sports has approved the above. DATE SA Emerging Squad tour to Sri Lanka 2015 Venue 27-Jul Mon Arrival Colombo Travel to Kandy 28-Jul Tue Rest and Practice PKICS South Africa 9.30-12.30 Sri Lanka       2.30-5.30 29-Jul Wed Rest and Practice         PKICS Sri Lanka 9.30-12.30 South Africa 2.30-5.30 30-Jul… Read More →

SLC grants Indian Tour Commercial rights to MSM India

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Media Release SLC awarded the Commercial rights of the upcoming Indian Test Tour to MSM India, the owner of the popular Asian Sports Channel  “Sony Six”. MSM were granted Global TV Broadcast rights along with Radio, Internet and Mobile rights for the territory outside Sri Lanka. MSM were also awarded the Sponsorship rights for the Indian Test tour. The granting of rights to MSM was decided after SLC cancelled the initial Tender process sighting the low value offered by the single bidder. MSM offered a substantially higher figure to the satisfaction of SLC. SLC is confident that MSM will bring in cutting edge production Technology to enhance the viewing experience of the global audience.

Pakistan vaults into third place in ICC Test Championship table

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Pakistan has jumped three places to third in the ICC Test Championship table following a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final cricket Test in Pallekele on Tuesday. Pakistan had entered the series in sixth position on 97 points, one ahead of Sri Lanka. The 2-1 series win has earned it four ratings points and because the middle of the table is so tightly-packed, a leap of three places. Pakistan now trails second-ranked Australia by 10 points and leads fourth-ranked New Zealand by two points. Sri Lanka, in contrast, has dropped four points and has slipped to 92 points, while retaining its seventh position overall. The Ashes begins on Wednesday and England will not only be aiming to reclaim the Urn… Read More →

Sri Lanka ODI Squad for the Pakistan Tour 2015

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The National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following players for the ODI series against Pakistan. The ODI series commences on July 11, with the remaining four games scheduled for July15, July 19, July 22 and July 26. 1. Angelo Mathews 2. TM Dilshan 3. Kusal Janith Perera 4. Upul Tharanga 5. Lahiru Thirimanne 6. Dinesh Chandimal 7. Milinda Siriwardene 8. Ashan Priyanjan 9. Nuwan Pradeep 10. Thisara Perera 11. Suranga Lakmal 12. Lasith Malinga 13. Sachithra Senanayake 14. Seekkuge Prasanna 15. Sachith Pathirana