A thriller ensued at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui as New Zealand kept Sri Lanka at bay in the first Twenty20 International on Thursday(January 7) by three runs in a veritable thriller. Backed by half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, New Zealand posted 182 for 4. In its chase, Sri Lanka was on the rails when reduced to 42 for 4, but Danushka Gunathilaka and Milinda Siriwardana resurrected the innings to make for an enticing finale. However, the visiting side failed to cross the line, the three-wicket hauls from Matt Henry and Trent Boult restricting it to 179 for 9. Sri Lanka now needs to win the second and final game in Auckland on Sunday, failing which it will slip from… Read More →
ICC World Twenty20 champion Sri Lanka goes head to head with host New Zealand in a two-match Twenty20 International series on Thursday, 7 January, in Mount Maunganui fully aware that it needs to either draw or win the series to retain its number-one position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings. Sri Lanka (125) leads eighth-ranked New Zealand (108) by 17 points, which means it is expected to win the series comfortably. This, in turn, means if the series ends in a draw, the difference will reduce to 14 points, but more importantly, Sri Lanka will retain its number-one position. In contrast, if New Zealand wins both the matches, then Sri Lanka will join the West Indies and Australia on 118 points… Read More →
The distribution ceremony of Cricket Balls and Mattings to cricket playing Schools identified by Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association was held at the Ministry of Sports premises today, with the participation of Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports together with Hony. Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket Mr. Mohan de Silva. 35 Schools were recipients of Cricket Mattings and 4000 Grays Cricket Balls were distributed to 178 Schools in the Under 19 – Division 1, 2 and 3 Speaking at the event, Hony. Secretary of SLC Mr. Mohan de Silva stated that “Due to numerous requests from Clubs and Schools in the country to construct Side Wickets in their respective areas, SLC has taken a decision to re-evaluate all requests in… Read More →
A century from Martin Guptill and a five-wicket haul from Matt Henry took New Zealand to a 36-run win in the fifth and final One-Day International at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday (January 5), giving it a 3-1 series victory over Sri Lanka. Put in, New Zealand posted 294 for 5, Guptill helped along by fifties from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, seemed set to take it down to the wire with a steady 95, but his side lost the last five wickets for only 35 runs, folding for 258 in the 48th over. That Sri Lanka got that far from a precarious 33 for 3 – Henry accounting for two of those wickets – was courtesy… Read More →
ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council today said it will continue to prepare for this month’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh despite Australia withdrawing its team from the event and expressing its concerns about the safety and security of its squad and management. The ICC explained that its own security manager and an independent security agency had been working very closely with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Bangladesh security agencies, and that the planned security arrangements satisfactorily mitigate the risks identified such that it remains appropriate for the event to continue as planned. The ICC further announced that it has invited Ireland, as the runner-up in the qualifying event in Kuala Lumpur in October, to… Read More →
Inaugural Meeting of the newly appointed Executive Committee of SLC took place today. The key issues discussed at today’s meeting were: The appointment of the Management Committee consisting of all Office Bearers. 6 Strategic areas under the business plan of SLC were highlighted at today’s meeting and the following Office Bearers were appointed to overlook the respective areas. Development – Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala International Cricket – Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa Domestic Cricket – Mr. K . Mathivanan Administration – Mr. Mohan de Silva Finance – Mr. Shammi Silva Corporate Communications – Mr. Ravin Wickramaratne & Mr. Lalith Rambukwella The establishment of a Financial Advisory Committee which will consist of 5 members as follows – 1. SLC to nominate a member with… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the following were elected as the new Office Bearers of SLC. President – Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala Vice Presidents – Jayantha Dharmadasa & K. Mathivanan Secretary – Mohan De Silva Assistant Secretary – Ravin Wickramaratne Treasurer – Shammi Silva Assistant Treasurer – Lalith Rambukwella ExCo Members: Bandula Dissanayake – Chairman Tournament Committee Rupanath Wickramaratne – Chairman Umpires Committee Channa Weerakody R. S. Biyanwila Aruna De Silva Sunil Mohotti Sujeewa Godaliyadda Chrishantha Kapuwatta Samantha Dodanwela Priyantha Algama Jayantha Jayaweera Kapila Wijegoonawardene – Chairman Selection Committee Tournament Committee: Bandula Dissanayake Aruna Silva Shammi Gunasekara Marlon Fernandopulle Kasun Fernando Umpire Committee: Rupanath Wickramaratne Wasanthalal Fernando Abu Siddhik Deepal Maddurappruma Ashley Rathnayake Sponsorship Committee: Matheesha Dharmasiri Suresh Murugesar… Read More →
The fourth One-Day International match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday (January 2) was washed out after only nine overs of play was possible. The toss took place at 3.13pm local time, close to five hours behind schedule, and the game was reduced to a 24-overs-a-side affair. Put in, New Zealand was 75 for 3 when rain intervened again and play was called off. With Sri Lanka 1-2 down in the series, it now has to win the final game in Mount Maunganui on January 5 to draw level. Aware that the Duckworth-Lewis formula would play a major role in the game, New Zealand’s opening pair started off on an aggressive note…. Read More →
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 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*)
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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.