Williamson, Taylor, Anderson star in series-clinching win


New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 120 runs in the sixth One-Day International between the two sides at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday (January 25), wrapping up the seven-match series 4-1 in the process. Kane Williamson (97) and Ross Taylor (96) scripted the victory, but Corey Anderson’s all-round effort played a key role in the outcome as well. The 117-run partnership between Williamson and Taylor for the third wicket was the pivot around which New Zealand’s batting revolved, ending at 315 for 8. Sri Lanka was then bowled out for 195 in the 40.3 overs. Sri Lanka floundered in all departments, the bowling leaking runs and the batting not coming to the party, with only Kumar Sangakkara appearing at… Read More →

Ronchi, Elliott give New Zealand 3-1 lead


Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott smashed centuries as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 108 runs in the fifth One-Day International in Dunedin on Friday (January 23) to take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series. Ronchi and Elliott came into bat with New Zealand in doldrums at 93 for 5. Over the course of the next two hours, the duo shared a blistering world record sixth-wicket stand of 267 as New Zealand bludgeoned its way to 360 for 5. Sri Lanka’s openers put on 93 before Elliott sent back Lahiru Thirimanne. But that did not prevent Tillakaratne Dilshan from playing freely as he made a valiant 106-ball 116 courtesy 17 boundaries and a six. But his dismissal saw Sri… Read More →

Sri Lanka under 19 squad for 4th and 5th ODI’s against Bangladesh


Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the following selections were made with regard to the Squad for the 4th and 5th ODI’s (24th and 25th January 2015) of the Bangladesh Under 19 tour of Sri Lanka. 1.      Charith Asalanka (Captain) - Richmond College,Galle 2.      Avishka Fernando (Vice Captain) – St.Sebastian’s College,Moratuwa 3.      Shalindu Ushan - Isipathana College,Colombo 4.      Vishad Randika - Isipathana College 5.      Lasith Lakshan - St.Thomas’ Matara 6.      Malinga Amarasinghe - Nalanda College,Colombo 7.      Himesh Ramanayake - Royal College,Colombo 8.      Wanidu Hasaranga - Richmond College,Galle 9.      Chamika Karunaratne - Royal College,Colombo 10.  Akil Inham - D.S Senanayake College, Colombo 11.  Thanuka Dabare - Lumbini Vidyalaya,Colombo 12.  Asitha Fernando - St.Sebastians Katuneriya 13.  Kusal Lakthilina – St.Sebastian’s College Moratuwa 14.  Thiran Dhanapala - Royal College,Colombo 15.  Thilan Nimesh - Prince of Wales College,Moratuwa 16.  Nishan Peiris - St.Peters College,Negombo 17.  Duvindu Thillakeratne - Trinity College This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Under 19: Bangladesh U19 keep the series alive


Bangladeshi bowlers restricted Sri Lankan innings to 212 all out in the 48th over after they made 251 for six to win the third of the five-match series by 39 runs. Bangladesh by winning this must-win game kept the series alive with two more games to be played in the series on Friday and Sunday. Brief Scores: BAN U19 251-6 in 50 overs (Hossain Shanto 69, Shawan Rishwan 52, Charith Asalanka 2-33) SL U19 212 in 47.2 overs (Charith Asalanka 83, Visad Randika 26, Hasa Miraz 3-38) Bangladesh won by 39 runs. Sri Lanka Under-19s led the 5-match series 2-1.

SLC Executive Committee Decisions – January 20th 2015

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Media Release All Contracted Players for IPL Auction On the recommendation of the National Selectors, the Executive Committee approved the submission of all National Contracted Players for the forthcoming IPL Auction. Women’s National Team Contracts  01st Jan 2015  to 31st Dec 2015 Category A Chamari Athapattu Shashikala Siriwardena Eshani Lokusuriya Category B Yashodha Mendis Prasadini Weerakkody Maduri Samuddika Inoka Ranaweera Hasini Perera Chamari Polgampola Ama Kanchana Udeshika Prabodhini Category C Oshadee Ranasinghe Category D Sripalee Weerakkody Dilani Manodara Lasanthi Madushani Nilakshi Silva Deepika Rasangika Chandima Guneratne Nipuni Hansika Chathurani Gunewardena Development Contracts - Category E   Sanduni Abeywickrama Inoshi Fernando Sugandhika Kumari Anushka Sanjeewani Harshitha Madhawi Imalka Mendis Achini Kulasuriya Iresha Shyamali Sandani Thivanka Malsha Shehani Nilangika Sanjeewani Pujani Liyanage Nadi Wickremasinghe Aruni… Read More →

Seven new players included for U19 pool for Bangladesh series

Media Release The following were selected by the Junior National Selectors with the National Selectors for the 32 Member U19 Pool for the Bangladesh Series (ongoing) based on performance during the 1st term of the 1st XI school season. Randiv Pathirana – Royal College Col Tharindu Hasanka – St.Thomas’s College Mt.Lavinia Sachintha Peiris – Maliyadeva College – Kurunegala Risitha Upamal – Dharmaloka College Kelaniya Pathum Nissanaka – Kalutara Maha Vidyalaya Ravin Sayer – Trinity – Kandy Chanaka Devinda – Lumbini Vidyalaya  

Williamson ton seal New Zealand’s win over Sri Lanka


Kane Williamson scored 103 to rescue an ailing New Zealand innings Tuesday and steer them to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international for a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series. Williamson returned to the line-up after a two-match absence with a shoulder injury to score his fifth one-day international century and propel New Zealand to their winning target of 277 with 11 balls to spare. New Zealand’s dependence on Brendon McCullum to ignite their innings was briefly exposed when he was out for 11 as they slumped to 63 for 3. Williamson took charge, showed composure when the run-rate seemed to lag, and left New Zealand’s last four batsmen to gather a relatively undemanding 44… Read More →

Sri Lanka women claim series with five wicket win


Sri Lanka women comfortably won the third T20 against Pakistan women, chasing down 111 as they made 112-5 off just 17.5 overs in Sharjah to claim the three-match series 2-1. Pakistan struggled right from the start and only three of their batsmen managed to get into double figures, with Bismah Maroof making an impressive 46 off 38 balls. All Sri Lankan bowlers were impressive, especially Udeshika Prabodhani and Inoka Ranaweera who took two wickets apiece and only gave away 12 and 16 runs respectively in their four-over quota. Three run outs also did not help Pakistan’s cause. In reply, Chamari Atapattu’s 44 ensured that the result was never in doubt after Sana Mir dismissed Lasanthi Madushani with the first ball… Read More →

Auckland ODI abandoned, series level at 1-1


The third One-Day International between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Auckland on Saturday (January 17) was abandoned due to rain. New Zealand, put in to bat, was 145 for 3 in 28.5 overs when the players were forced off the field for the third and last time. The showers reduced after a while, but more than three hours later, the umpires decided that the conditions were not good enough for play to resume. Martin Guptill, the New Zealand opener, was unbeaten on 66, while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, starred for his side, picking up all three wickets to fall. New Zealand got off to a quick start courtesy a typically aggressive approach by Brendon McCullum, the New… Read More →

Sri Lanka under 19 squad for first 3 ODI’s against Bangladesh


Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the following selections were made by the National Selectors and the Junior National Selectors with regard to the Squad for the 1st three ODI s of the Bangladesh U19 tour of Sri Lanka. 1. Charith Asalanka (Captain) -Richmond College 2. Avishka Fernando (Vice Captain) – St.Sebastian’s College 3. Lasith Lakshan – St.Thomas Matara 4. Kaveen Bandara – D.S Senanayake College 5. Sahan Arachchige – Ananda College 6. Vishad Randika – Isipathana College 7. Wanidu Hasaranga – Richmond College 8. Chamika Karunaratne – Royal College 9. Damith Silva – Maliyadeva College 10. Nushan Weerasinghe Fernando – Trinity College 11. Asitha Fernando – St.Sebastians Katuneriya 12. Lahiru Kumara – Trinity College 13. Kehan Wijeratne… Read More →

Sri Lanka levels series with six-wicket win


A spectacular century from Tillakaratne Dilshan led Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the second One-Day International against New Zealand on Thursday (January 15), allowing it to level the seven-match series 1-1. Dilshan, who scored 116, along with Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, overhauled New Zealand’s target of 248. That New Zealand got that far was mainly courtesy Brendon McCullum’s 117, after he chose to bat. Sri Lanka struck early, dismissing Martin Guptill for 10. But McCullum took the attack to the Sri Lanka bowlers to score his second consecutive fifty in 39 balls. Herath then got an outside edge off Rangana Herath to get the wicket of Tom Latham for 5. McCullum reached his century with a… Read More →

Bangladesh U19 Tour of Sri Lanka 2015 – Match & Practice Schedule

Bangladesh U 19 Tour of Sri Lanka 2015 Match & Practice Schedule Date Team Practice venue Side Nets Time 16th Jan 15 BD Arrival   Colombo 17th Jan 15 SL RPICS 2 Side Wickets 10.00 a.m – 01.00 p.m BD RPICS 2 Side Wickets 02.00 p.m – 05.00 p.m 18th Jan 15 1st ODI @ Colts 19th Jan 15 SL RPICS 2 Side Wickets 10.00 a.m – 01.00 p.m BD RPICS 2 Side Wickets 02.00 p.m – 05.00 p.m 20th Jan 15 2nd ODI @ Colts 21st Jan 15 SL RPICS 2 Side Wickets 10.00 a.m – 01.00 p.m BD RPICS 2 Side Wickets 02.00 p.m – 05.00 p.m 22nd Jan 15 3rd ODI @ RPICS 23rd Jan 15 SL… Read More →

Sangakarra returns to top of Test Batting Rankings


ICC Media Release Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakarra has returned to the top of the Reliance ICC Test Players Rankings following the completion of the second Test in Wellington, which host New Zealand won by 193 runs. Despite 2-0 series defeat, Sangakarra’s knocks of 203 and five have seen him replace South Africa’s AB de Villiers at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, where he is one point clear on 909 points. Kane Williamson of New Zealand has jumped seven places to a career-best ranking of seventh in the batting rankings following his scores of 69 and 242 not out. In achieving his highest Test score to date, Williamson also passed the 3,000 runs mark, reaching 3,034 runs in… Read More →