Wagner strikes telling blows as Sri Lanka is bowled out for 282 to go down by 122 runs New Zealand coasted to a 122-run victory over Sri Lanka on the fifth day of the first Test in Dunedin, bowling out the visitor for 282 in its chase of 405 on Monday (December 14) at the University Oval. After Brendon McCullum’s second-innings declaration at 267 for 3, Sri Lanka had more than five sessions to reach its target, but had lost three wickets before close of play on the fourth day. Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews resumed the fifth morning – which began a half hour early to make up time lost due to rain breaks on Sunday – on 109 for 3, 296 runs… Read More →
Sri Lanka ends fourth day of Dunedin Test at 109/3, still 296 away from what would be an epic win Tim Southee took two wickets as New Zealand tightened the screws on Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first Test between the two teams on Sunday (December 13), but rain threatened to derail its victory march.Brendon McCullum set the stage for a tantalising conclusion at Dunedin’s University Oval with a declaration that offered Sri Lanka more than five sessions to reach a 405-run target. But Sri Lanka’s response was disrupted by three stoppages as southerly squalls swept across the ground. Further showers are forecast for the final day. At stumps on the fourth day, with an hour’s play… Read More →
New Zealand made significant strides by the end of the third day’s play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, stretching its lead to 308 runs at the University Oval on Saturday (December 12). Sri Lanka was bowled out for 294, a deficit of 137 runs, in its first innings, before New Zealand ended the day at 171 for 1, with Tom Latham (72) and Kane Williamson (46) accompanying each other at the close. During the course of his unbeaten 82-ball knock, Williamson joined the elite 1000 runs-a-year club, bringing up the milestone in style by driving Rangana Herath to the mid-off boundary. England’s Alastair Cook and Joe Root, and Australia’s David Warner and Steve Smith are the only other… Read More →
The Under-19 Tri-Nation Cricket Tournament played among hosts Sri Lanka, India and England commenced at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today (11). England Under-19s were beaten by India in their opening game in the Sri Lankan Tri-Series in Colombo. India Under-19s 254 for 7 in 34 overs (Sarfaraz 84, Anmolpreet 56, Green 3-28) beat England Under-19s 159 for 9 in 29 overs (Lawrence 55, Lomror 4-10) by 86 runs (D/L method) India play Sri Lanka in the second game of the tournament tomorrow, with England’s next match against the hosts on Monday.
58 men’s and women’s matches to be played at eight venues from 8 March to 3 April; Mumbai and New Delhi to stage semi-finals while Kolkata to stage finals. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups and schedule of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be staged across eight venues in India from 8 March to 3 April. A total of 58 tournament matches, including 35 men’s matches and 23 women’s matches, will be played in the 27-day tournament in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. New Delhi and Mumbai will host the semi-finals on 30 and 31 March, respectively, while Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be the venue of the… Read More →
Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne spearheaded Sri Lanka’s fightback on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Friday (December 11). At stumps, Sri Lanka was 197 for 4 with Chandimal on 83 not out and Kithuruwan Vithanage on 10 not out. After the New Zealand innings wrapped up early on Friday for 431, the pair came together with Sri Lanka at 29 for 2 after Kusal Mendis and Udara Jayasundera fell early. Karunaratne and Chandimal put on 122 together, negotiating their way to 100 in the 45th over, just before tea. The middle session produced only 65 runs, but the pair used that period to consolidate. As the pitch flattened in the final session,… Read More →
The ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 will be launched at the St Regis hotel in Mumbai on Friday, 11 December, at 1200 (India time). The event will be attended by ICC Chairman Mr Shashank Manohar, ICC Chief Executive Mr David Richardson and BCCI Secretary Mr Anurag Thakur. Following the unveiling of the groups, schedule and other event-related details, there will be a panel discussion, which will also involve India batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, and will be emceed by former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar. WHAT: Groups and match schedule announcement of ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 WHEN: Friday, 11 December, at 1200 (India time) WHERE: Ballroom 1 & 2, St Regis hotel, near Palladium, Lower Parel WHO: ICC Chairman Mr… Read More →
If passing through Vauxhall Street in the evening, you are bound see the neighbourhood kids playing some serious street cricket. Armed with not much other than undeterred grit, impressive skill and striking confidence, these kids firmly believe they will make the Sri Lanka national team someday. One of the youngest teams on the block, twelve neighbourhood friends who call themselves the ‘Fire Boys’ were the fervent ‘guests of honour’ at the unveiling of a unique 3D creation by AIA, constructed in time for the ongoing AIA Premier Limited Overs. With a diameter of 14 feet, it is almost impossible to miss the larger than life cricket ball smashing through the AIA building! The enthusiastic little chief guests were in awe… Read More →
48 matches to be played across eight venues from 27 January to 14 February; ICC to produce live broadcast coverage of 20 matches The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the schedule of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which will be held across eight venues in four Bangladesh cities from 27 January to 14 February 2016. Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka and Sylhet will share 48 matches between them during the 19-day tournament, which will open with the match between defending champion South Africa and host Bangladesh at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chittagong. The tournament will culminate with the final at the iconic Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. All matches will be day fixtures and will start at 0930… Read More →
Media Release SLC has been advised that a sample provided by Kusal Janith Perera for a random testing carried out by the ICC during the recent Pakistani Tour, has yielded a positive result for a banned substance. In view of this and in terms of the applicable ICC Regulations, SLC has recalled Perera from New Zealand. SLC will to take all steps required to have a further sample tested and make every endeavor to enable Kusal Janith Perera to resume playing cricket at the earliest opportunity in compliance with the ICC Regulations. Kaushal Silva will be traveling to NZ to replace Kusal Janith Perera in New Zealand.
Media Release The selection committee has taken a decision to replace injured Dhammika Prasad with Vishva Fernando for the ongoing Sri Lanka Tour of New Zealand. Dhammika Prasad is having a back injury and will return to the country. The Hon. Sports Minister has approved the above selection.
The Under 19 Tri-Nation Tournament was officially launched at a media conference held at Jaic Hilton hotel on Friday evening. Tri Nation Tournament featuring the Under-19s teams of Sri Lanka, India and England will commence on 11th December with the final match scheduled for 21st of December. Sri Lanka U19 Squad – Charith Asalanka (captain), Sammu Ashan (vice-captain), Malinga Amarasinghe, Kavin Bandara, Vishad Randika (wk), Wanidu Hasaranga, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Kamindu Mendis, Thilan Nimesh, Salinda Ushan, Lakshina Rodrigo, Lahiru Samarakoon, Dishan Sandaruwan, Raveen Sayer, Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan, Damitha Silva. England U19 Squad – Brad Taylor (captain), George Bartlett, Hugh Bernard, Jack Burnham, Mason Crane, Sam Curran, Ryan Davies (wk), George Garton, Ben Green, Haseeb Hameed, Adam… Read More →
The ICC today announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year, as chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by the ICC’s Cricket Committee chairman and former India captain Anil Kumble. The qualification period ran from September 18th 2014 to September 13th 2015 and the selection panel included past greats of the world game including former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, ex England batsman Mark Butcher, former Australia women’s captain Belinda Clark and Mr. G. Viswanath, Deputy Editor of The Hindu & Sportstar. The winners of the individual awards will be announced later this month. ICC Test Team of the Year 2015 (in batting order): David Warner (Aus) Alastair Cook (Eng) (captain) Kane Williamson (NZ) Younis Khan… Read More →
There’s a familiar look to the New Zealand Test squad to play Sri Lanka in the two match ANZ Test Series this month. All 12 players named by New Zealand Coach Mike Hesson and selector Gavin Larsen were a part of the squad in the recent Tour of Australia, including Adelaide debutant Mitchell Santner. Santner performed well with both bat and ball in his opening Test and coach Mike Hesson said he thoroughly deserved the opportunity to continue showing his skills during the home summer. “The level of composure Mitchell showed on debut was very impressive and he certainly displayed how exciting a player he is with both the bat and ball,” said Hesson. “His ability to bat in the top six… Read More →