Sangakkara gives Sri Lanka 3-1 lead

Kumar Sangakkara scored 86 off 105 balls.

Earlier this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) banned the use of horns and hooters in venues across the country. It meant that on Sunday (December 7), the atmosphere at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo felt like old times. The Papare band, without the intrusion of modern-day noise-making devices, was in full flow. The crowd was high on music and cricket, and on the field, two home-grown old-timers, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, pushed back the clock with a fluid match-winning 96-run stand against England in the fourth One-Day International of the seven-match series. Sangakkara’s 86 took him past 1000 ODI runs for the fourth successive calendar year – he’s the third after Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli to achieve the feat… Read More →

Sri Lanka squad for 4th and 5th ODI

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named the following players for the 4th and 5th ODI sqauds for the England Tour of Sri Lanka 2014. 1. Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2. T.M Dilshan 3. Kusal Janith Perera 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Mahela Jayawardena 6. Lahiru Thirimanne 7. Ashan Priyanjan 8. Jeevan Mendis 9. Rangana Herath 10. Dilruwan Perera 11. Lakshan Sandakan 12. Dhammika Prasad 13. Suranga Lakmal 14. Thisara Perera 15. Lahiru Gamage 16. Ajantha Mendis This has been approved by the Hon. Minister of Sports.

Cook suspended for second minor over-rate offence

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ICC Media Release England captain Alastair Cook has been suspended for one ODI and fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 10 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during England’s five-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Hambantota on Wednesday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension on Cook after England was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. As Cook had previously been found guilty of a minor over rate offence in One-Day Internationals within the last 12 months, this offence constituted… Read More →

Root, Buttler fashion England victory

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There wasn’t an iota of doubt that England was under immense pressure coming into Wednesday’s (December 3) third One-Day International against Sri Lanka. Since reaching the final of the Champions Trophy in June 2013, the team hardly had anything in the bag as far as 50-over cricket was concerned. Defeat in the first two games of the seven-match series meant this game in Hambantota was critical in many ways. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 242 for 8 courtesy Kumar Sangakkara (63) and Lahiru Thirimanne (62). The hosts had opted to bat but a lengthy spell of rain very early in its innings curtailed this to a 35-overs-a-side fixture. With the series fast slipping away,… Read More →

SLC ban portable horns / hooters at cricket matches

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that it has taken a decision to ban ‘Portable Horns’ / “Hooters” to be brought in by spectators with immediate effect. Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee arrived at this decision today to generally safeguard spectator comfort inside spectator areas of the stadium. This does not mean that the papare bands are banned. These are individual horns brought in by the spectators. We will be implementing this rule on Wednesday at the 3rd ODI in Hambantota. The general public are warned that the Security Personnel will search for the above items very strictly and will confiscate the item if found on the spectator.

Spinners deliver big win for Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka defeated England by eight wickets in the second One-Day International in Colombo on Saturday (November 29) to zoom to a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series. Ajantha Mendis was the pick of the bowlers, starring with 3 for 33 as England was bowled out for 185 in 43 overs after opting to bat in a match that was reduced to 45-overs-per-side because of bad weather. Kumar Sangakkara (67 not out) and Mahela Jayawardena (77 not out) showcased their class, with an unbroken 149-run third-wicket partnership as Sri Lanka won with 10.4 overs to spare at the Premadasa stadium. Sri Lanka won the first match by 25 runs at the same venue on Wednesday. The third game will be… Read More →

Sri Lanka duo found guilty of Level 1 offences

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka players Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera have been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first One-Day International against England in Colombo on Wednesday. Both players admitted the charges and accepted the sanctions imposed by David Boon of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Match Referees without the need to convene a disciplinary hearing. Dilshan was sanctioned with a reprimand and a fine of 25% of his match fee after admitting to a breach ofArticle 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “…Excessive appealing during an International match.” In turn, Perera was sanctioned with a reprimand and a fine of 20% of… Read More →

SLC condoles on Phillip Hughes tragic death

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The President, and the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket and the entire staff, Players and Officials of Sri Lanka Cricket  and the Cricket fraternity in Sri Lanka was deeply saddened by the passing away of Phillip Hughes. “His loss will no doubt be a blow to the world of cricket” – Nishantha Ranatunga ( Secretary SLC) “It’s a very sad day for cricket. We share the grief of Phil Hughes’ untimely and tragic death with his  family friends and team mates, and also with our friends in Cricket Australia said Secretary of SLC Nishantha Ranatunga in a message to Cricket Australia. ” Being a youngster with much talent and promise his loss will no doubt be a blow to… Read More →

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