Gunathilaka carries Sri Lanka to eight-wicket win

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Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne and Danushka Gunathilaka made half-centuries to help Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the third One-Day International at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday (December 31). After having restricted New Zealand to 276 for 8, Sri Lanka started its chase on a positive note through an opening partnership of 98 runs between Gunathilaka and Dilshan. Playing his fourth ODI, Gunathilaka was aggressive in scoring 65 off 45 balls – his maiden ODI half-century. He hit seven fours and four sixes, and was particularly severe on Adam Milne, whom he hit for 28 runs in 16 balls. Gunathilaka was dismissed in the 13th over when Mitchell McClenaghan had him caught by Ross Taylor in the slips…. Read More →

Zone A clinched Womens Zonal Championship

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Zone A became the champions of  Women’s Zonal T20 Tournament 2015/16 after a dominant bowling performance followed by Chamari Athapattu’s unbeaten 59 steered them to a comfortable nine-wicket win. Brief Score Zone B – 97-6 in 20 overs (Hasini Perera 38, Shashikala Siriwaradena 23, Prasadini Weerakkody 17, Chamari Polgampola 3/15, Maduri Samuddika 3/16) v Zone A – 100-1 in 15.4 overs (Chamari Athapattu 59*, Nipuni Hansika 18*)

NCC clinch AIA Premier limited over title

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Skipper Farveez Maharoof’s all-round performance helped Nondescripts Cricket Club beat Colts Cricket Club by 77 runs in the AIA Premier Limited Overs Tournament 2015/16 final played at R. Premadasa International Stadium on Wednesday. NCC – 255/8 in 50 overs: Niroshan Dickwella 49, Upul Tharanga 34, Angelo Perera 50, Farveez Maharoof 34, Isuru Udana 25, Dilruwan Perera 6/28. Colts – 178 all out in 45 overs: Hashan Dumindu 72, Angelo Jayasinghe 50, Priyamal Perera 23, Farveez Maharoof 3/2, Anuk Fernando 2/20.

Dinesh Chandimal to captain Sri Lanka in New Zealand T20s

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to make the following announcement with regard to changes to the T/20 squad for the New Zealand Tour. Lasith Malinga the T/20 Captain is injured and unable to tour New Zealand. Dinesh Chandimal has been appointed as the stand-in captain for the T/20 leg of the tour. Kusal Janith Perera is currently under suspension by the ICC and though in the initially released squad, will not participate in the T/20 series. Danushka Gunatilleke and Suranga Lakmal are the replacements in the T/20 squad in place of the above members. The Hon. Sports Minister has approved the above changes to the squad.  

Guptill, Henry star in big New Zealand win

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Having chosen to bat first, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 117 in 27.4 overs as Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan (3 for 32) picked up seven wickets between them. After that, Guptill and Tom Latham had an unbroken 118-run stand in 8.2 overs as New Zealand chased down the target and took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Guptill attacked the Sri Lankans after being dropped off the first ball he faced. His innings included nine fours and eight sixes as he maintained a strike rate of 310.00. He was particularly severe on Dushmantha Chameera, whom he hit for 26 runs in one over.Guptill reached 46 off 12 balls, but two yorkers from Nuwan Kulasekara, who was earlier taken… Read More →

Henry, McCullum script big New Zealand win

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Buoyed by a spirited bowling performance, New Zealand clinched the first of five One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Christchurch on Saturday (December 26) to go 1-0 up in the series. Once the bowlers restricted Angelo Mathews’s men to 188 all out in 47 overs, Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill set up the chase as the home side raced to the target with 29 overs to spare. Choosing to bat, the visiting side did not get off to the start it would have wished for, losing Danushka Gunathilaka in just the third over, caught by Luke Ronchi, the wicketkeeper, off Adam Milne’s bowling. Matt Henry, the right-arm medium pacer, took advantage of Gunathilaka’s early exit, adding to… Read More →

Asalanka to lead Sri Lanka in ICC Under 19s World Cup

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Media Release At a meeting of the selection committee held on 21st December 2015, the following squad was selected for the above mentioned series. 1. Kaveen Bandara 2. Salindu Ushan 3. Sammu Ashan – Vice Captain 4. Charith Asalanka – Captain 5. Avishka Fernando 6. Wanidu Hasaranga 7. Kamindu Mendis 8. Charana Nanayakkara 9. Vishard Randika 10. Lahiru Samarakoon 11. Asitha Fernando 12. Lahiru Kumara 13. Jehan Daniel 14. Damitha Silva 15. Thilan Nimesh The Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera has approved the above squad.

Under 19: India Under-19 clinch tri series title in Sri Lanka

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Opener Washington Sundar struck a fluent fifty to back up the efforts of his bowlers as India Under-19 team outplayed Sri Lanka by five wickets in the tri-series cricket final here on Monday. Chasing 159 for victory at the R Premadasa Stadium, the Indian juniors rode on a solid 89-run opening stand between Sundar (56) and Rishabh Pant (35) to achieve the target in 33.5 overs. The third team in the tri-nation event, England U-19 remained winless in the four matches they played.

ACC Awarded Media Rights of Asia Cups 2016-2023 to Star India

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ACC Media Release The Asian Cricket Council wishes to announce that the Media Rights of the next event cycle from 2016 to 2023 has been awarded to Star India. The decision was taken at an Asian Cricket Council’s meeting held on 20th December 2015 in Singapore. The Events included under this agreement are Asia Cup, Women’s Asia Cup, Emerging Asia Cup and U19 Asia Cup to be held from 2016 to 2023. The ACC President Mr. SidathWeetimunysaidthat :“ACC is delighted to have the STAR India as media partner to the next cycle of ACC. Star has an undisputed reputation as a sports broadcaster and will guarantee increased promotion and marketing of the ACC events globally” He also added that ‘the… Read More →

Record-breaking Williamson steers New Zealand home

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Right-hand batsman’s fifth Test ton of the year consigns Sri Lanka to five-wicket loss in second Test. Kane Williamson’s fifth Test century of the year helped New Zealand sweep its two-Test series against Sri Lanka with a five-wicket win in Hamilton on Monday (December 21). Starting the fourth day at 142 for 5 with 47 needed, Williamson and BJ Watling completed the formalities to add to the team’s 122-run victory in the first Test in Dunedin. Williamson, who was unbeaten on 78 at the end of the third day, brought up his 13th Test century with a boundary through square off Dushmantha Chameera, Sri Lanka’s best bowler of the game, and finished on 108 not out. It also took him past Brendon… Read More →

Williamson holds firm, but Sri Lanka continues to fight

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New Zealand is 142 for 5 on day three, needs 47 more runs to win, after pacers restrict visiting side to 133 Stellar performances from Kane Williamson and Tim Southee helped New Zealand edge ahead of Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test in Hamilton on Sunday (December 20).New Zealand was 142 for 5 at the close of play and needs 47 runs more to seal the Test and the series, but the match remains fascinatingly poised. Till just before lunch, a New Zealand victory seemed a difficult task when Sri Lanka was 126 runs ahead with all second innings wickets in hand. However, the tables turned when the visiting side lost ten wickets for 62 runs…. Read More →

Chameera five-for puts Sri Lanka on top

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New Zealand finishes second day of final Test at 232 for 9, trailing by 60 runs after visiting side posts 292 Dushmantha Chameera celebrates the wicket of Ross Taylor. Sri Lanka was primed to take the lead after a Dushmantha Chameera burst helped it reduce New Zealand to 232 for 9, a deficit of 60, on the second day of the final Test in Hamilton on Saturday (December 19).Chameera claimed his maiden five-wicket haul and ended the day with 5 for 47 as New Zealand collapsed from a seemingly secure position of 81 without loss after bowling Sri Lanka out for 292 in the morning. At stumps, Doug Bracewell was unbeaten on 30, having put on 31 for the ninth… Read More →

Kulasekara replaces Prasad in ODI squad

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Media Release The National Selection Committee of SLC has made the following changes to the Sri Lanka Team for the upcoming ODI series in New Zealand. > Nuwan Kulasekera replaces injured Dammika Prasad > Kithruwan Vithanage has been named as replacement for Kusal Janith Perera Thisara Perera has been drafted in as cover for Lasith Malinga in the ODI squad.  Lasith will undergo a fitness test to determine his recovery from a knee injury which he picked up during the tour of the West Indies.  A final decision on Lasith Malinga’s  participation in the series shall be taken once the fitness test is concluded. The Hon. Sports Minister has approved the above changes to the ODI squad.

New Zealand squad for the opening three ODIs

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BLACKCAPS squad for the opening three ANZ ODIs   Brendon McCullum (captain) Doug Bracewell Martin Guptill Matt Henry (opening two ODIs)* Mitchell McClenaghan Adam Milne Henry Nicholls Luke Ronchi Mitchell Santner Ish Sodhi Ross Taylor Kane Williamson George Worker *Tim Southee will join squad for third ANZ ODI The squad of 13 will play the first of two fixtures at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Boxing Day, before playing in Nelson on New Year’s Eve. Trent Boult will be rested for all three matches, while Tim Southee will replace Matt Henry when the team heads to Nelson. Grant Elliott and Nathan McCullum were not considered due to injury. Twenty-four-year-old Nicholls, who was born and bred in Canterbury, was the second… Read More →

Asian Cricket Council Center of Excellence

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ACC Media Release The Asian Cricket Council is delighted to announce a milestone, in its  history of over three decades, in establishing an ACC Center of Excellence in Dharamshala, India. This Center of Excellence will be housed in the Dharamshala Cricket Facility. The President of the ACC, Mr.Sidath Wettimuny said “This will be a significant move in the effort of making the ACC a more dynamic, vibrant and robust body, which will help rapidly promote & develop the sport of cricket in the Asian region.   We are deeply appreciative and grateful to the BCCI & HPCA for allowing the ACC to use this stunning Cricket Facility in Dharamshala.” The Hon. Secretary of BCCI Mr. Anurag Thakur said “I am very… Read More →