29 August 2015 By R Kaushik in Colombo In searing heat and with the humidity stifling, this was a classic confrontation between fire and ice. Inevitably, given the conditions, the fire would lose its sting; also inevitably, you would think, the ice would melt at some stage. Fortunately from an Indian perspective, while the heat and the workload gradually took the sting out of from Dhammika Prasad, Cheteshwar Pujara was not to be halted at the SSC ground. Pujara, only playing the final Test because of the injuries that have laid first-choice openers M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan low, produced the most courageous and laudable of his seven hundreds, an innings of outstanding concentration and great skill on a most… Read More →
Media Release A 26 member squad was selected for the above captioned tour to be played in October 2015, from which the players will be selected for the two (02) 3 Day matches and five (05) One Day matches to be played in Sri Lanka. 1. Kaveen Bandara 2. Salindu Ushan 3. Thanuka Dabare 4. Sanogeeth Shanmuganathan 5. Sammu Ashan 6. Charith Asalanka 7. Pramod Madiwantha 8. Avishka Fernando 9. Sachintha Jayathilake 10. Vishard Randika 11. Navindu Nirmal 12. Lakshina Rodrigo 13. Wanidu Hasaranga 14. Kamindu Mendis 15. Jehan Daniel 16. Lahiru Samarakoon 17. Geethal Malinga 18. Lahiru Kumara 19. Dishan Sandaruwan 20. Asitha Fernando 21. Uditha Madusanka 22. Raveen Sayer 23. Nishan Peiris 24. Damitha Silva 25. Thilan Nimesh… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to invite all School Cricketers & School Boys to come and support the Sri Lankan Team when they play their final test match in the ongoing India Tour of Sri Lanka. Entrance for all School Cricketers & School Boys will be free of charge for this special occasion. School Principles are requested to inform the school children to make use of this offer. School Cricketers & School Boys are requested to come in their respective school uniform to receive Free Entry to the venue.
The Prima Champion’s cup under 15 Inter District/Provincial Cricket tournament will be held for the 9th consecutive year commencing on the 01st of September 2015. A press conference was held today at the Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters to brief the media on the event to take place.
BCCI Media Release The BCCI medical team confirms that Wriddhiman Saha & Murali Vijay have been ruled out of the remaining part of India’s tour of Sri Lanka due to an injury. Saha has sustained a strain in his lower right hamstring and would require rehabilitation and strength training to recover completely. Vijay has sustained mild reoccurrence on his pre existing injury in his right hamstring and would need further strength training to recover completely. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicket keeper Naman Ojha and Karun Nair as their replacements to join the team
In the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka escaped from near-certain defeat to one of its more famous home victories. At the conclusion of the fourth day’s proceedings at the P Sara Oval, there was to be no second strike of lightning in the same series, Kohli tasting his first Test win as skipper and ruining Kumar Sangakkara’s last hurrah in international cricket. At 72 for 2 overnight upon being set 413 for a remarkable, series-clinching victory, Sri Lanka needed to bat out of its skins on the final day on Monday (August 24). Scaling the target down looked very difficult, but a slightly more realistic prospect was batting out time in arguably difficult conditions, with the pitch playing a… Read More →
In 2007, Sangakkara became the first player to make scores of 150 or more in four successive Test matches, and in February 2014, he became just the second player (after Graham Gooch) to score a triple century and a century in the same Test. “In stepping off the field of play for the last time we wish Kumar and his family well and thank him for his enormous contribution to the game.” – D Richardson The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson has paid tribute to former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from international cricket today.Sangakkara was one of the leading cricketers in world cricket for the last 15 years during which played in… Read More →
Kumar Sangakkara, who got out for 18 in his final Test innings, ends as the fifth-highest run-getter in the Test Cricket format. Sangakkara played from 2000 till 2015 and scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests with 38 Hundreds and 52 Fifties with the highest score at 319. He scored at an average of 57.40. He also took 131 catches and did 20 stumping. The Sri Lankan great follows Sachin Tendulkar of India, Ricky Ponting of Australia, Jacques Kallis of South Africa and Rahul Dravid of India in the all-time list of leading Test scorers. Sangakkara had already taken retirement from the ODIs. He scored 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs with 25 Hundreds and 93 Fifties at an average of 41.98. He… Read More →
Ajinkya Rahane is the strong, silent, uncomplaining type, a no-fuss individual who goes about his business, seemingly not unduly affected by adulation or criticism. Ask him to bat at any position in any format of the game, and he will immediately take up the challenge. Ask him to stand at gully to the faster bowlers and at slip to the spinners, and he will ensure he is as well prepared as is humanly possible to ensure that he doesn’t let the bowlers down. Rahane’s first foray at No. 3 in Test cricket didn’t quite pay off, as he went fishing outside off and edged Dhammika Prasad to third slip on Thursday’s day one of the second Test. The right-hand batsman… Read More →
The middle day of a Test match has historically been considered the moving day. In a majority of the matches, it is when the pendulum generally swings decisively one way. In many ways, it is like the seventh game in tennis. A service break in the seventh is gold dust; it means the one who has broken takes momentum into the changeover while the one who has been broken has a minute and a bit to ponder over what he needs to do to get back into the contest. The third day of the second Test seemed determined to break from norm as Lahiru Thirimanne, carefully, and Angelo Mathews, with industriousness and enterprise aplenty, thwarted India’s designs for two and… Read More →