Sri Lanka U-19 off to a flying start in South Africa

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12th January, 2017, Stellenbosch – South Africa: The Sri Lankan Under-19 team in Sri Lanka was off to a good start at their first warm-up match against the Boland Academy at Stellenbosch scoring 288 for the loss of five wickets in just 49.3 overs. The Sri Lankan lads won the toss and elected to bat first. Thisaru Rashmika was included after both coaches decided to have 12 players each for the match with one player bowling and the other batting. Boland Academy scored 284 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Thisaru secured four wickets for 64 runs while Manelker got two wickets. Captain Avishka Fernando had to retire early as he was hit on the… Read More →

Sri Lanka National team T20 Squad – Tour of South Africa

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The selection panel of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has picked a 15 – member squad for a T20 to be played in South Africa. The squad for this T20 delegation has representatives from all regions. Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Seekuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunarathna, Sachith Pathirana, Lakshan Sadakan, and Nuwan Kulasekara are scheduled to fly out to South Africa tomorrow. New on the T-20 the 23-year old Thikshila De Silva, is a hard hitting batsman who is also a right arm paceman. Apart from these players skipper Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva will remain in South Africa to make up the T- 20 squad. The T20 match schedule for Sri Lanka vs South… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under-19 Cricket team tour to South Africa

Under 19 tour of South Africa

Sri Lanka Under-19 Cricket team will leave to South Africa on Sunday evening to play a Youth ODI series against South Africa Under-19 and Zimbabwe Under-19 team, scheduled to begin from 11th January at Stellenbosch. The young cricketers will begin their campaign with a practice match against the Boland Academy at the Spes Bona Cricket grounds in Stellenbosch on January 11th (Wednesday). The Sri Lankan team will play three matches each against both countries at various venues including Wally Wilson Oval, Boland Park and Coertzenberg Oval. The final is to be held on the 28th of January at Boland Park in Paarl. The team will led by by Avishaka Fernando while Kamindu Mendis will be the Vice-Captain for the tour…. Read More →

Rabada bowls South Africa to series win

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (L) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal (not in picture) during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 5, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Kagiso Rabada’s six-wicket haul helped South Africa crush Sri Lanka by 282 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Newlands on Thursday (January 5). With the massive victory, South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Rabada, the paceman, took three wickets in two overs and finished with 6 for 55 to as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 224 all out in its chase of 507. South Africa wrapped up the win in less than two hours, claiming the remaining six wickets after Sri Lanka resumed on 130 for 4. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, the overnight pair, saw out the first five overs of the day but Rabada struck soon, triggering a… Read More →

Rabada, Philander take South Africa closer to series win

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (2R) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman with teammates during the second Test cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 4, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Home side reduces Sri Lanka to 130/4 at the end of the third day of the Newlands Test in a chase of 507 Kagiso Rabada took the wickets of Kaushal Silva and Dhananjaya de Silva to derail Sri Lanka’s chase Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander took two wickets each as Sri Lanka was left struggling at 130 for 4 in a chase of 507 on the third day of the second Test at Newlands on Wednesday (January 4). South Africa had declared its second innings on 224 for 7 earlier in the afternoon, with Dean Elgar again leading the batting effort. Angelo Mathews (29 not out), the captain, and Dinesh Chandimal (28 not out) were batting at the close, their… Read More →

Elgar, de Kock guide South Africa to 297/6

South African batsman Dean Elgar (C) celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 2, 2017, at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.   / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Dean Elgar’s hundred and a half-century from Quinton de Kock helped South Africa recover from rocky patches to reach 297 for 6 at the end of the first day of the second Test at Newlands on Monday (January 2). Elgar, the left-handed opener, hit a career-best 129, staying calm even as wickets tumbled around him. He shared a vital 103-run partnership for the sixth wicket with de Kock, the duo lifting the side from 169 for 5.   De Kock was batting at 68 at the close, with Kyle Abbott by his side unbeaten on 16. After Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, asked the home side to bat, his seam bowlers took advantage of a grassy pitch and overcast sky. Stephen Cook,… Read More →

South Africa goes 1-0 up after 206-run win

South African bowler Kyle Abbott (CL) and fielder Temba Bavuma (CR) celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman and Captain Angelo Mathews (L) during the fifth and last day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 30, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Kyle Abbott struck the early decisive blows to set up a 206-run win for South Africa on the fifth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park. It took South Africa just 70 minutes and 13.3 overs on Friday (December 30) to claim the remaining five Sri Lankan wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 281, adding just 41 runs to the overnight score of 240 for 5. Abbott dismissed Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, for 59 in the third over of the day, and Dhananjaya de Silva (22) followed four overs later. Both were dismissed leg before wicket by deliveries that would have hit the top of… Read More →

Rabada double puts South Africa on course

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (CL) and captain Faf du Plessis (L) celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis during the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 29, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Two crucial breakthroughs by Kagiso Rabada helped South Africa whittle away at a stubborn Sri Lankan line-up on the fourth day of the first Test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday (December 29). Having been set an improbable 488 for victory after South Africa declared its second innings closed at 406 for 6, Sri Lanka was 240 for 5 at the close of play. Angelo Mathews, the skipper, and Dhananjaya de Silva were in the middle, the last recognised pair keeping Sri Lankan hopes alive. Paceman Rabada twice dismissed set batsmen, both times with the second ball of a new spell, to eat into Sri Lanka’s resistance. He first trapped Kaushal Silva leg before wicket for 48 with his second… Read More →

Cook ton hands South Africa control

South African batsman Stephen Cook (R) raises his bat and helmet as he celebrates after scoring a century (100 Runs) during the second day of the first cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 28, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth stadium, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Stephen Cook’s century led a combined batting effort to hand South Africa control of the opening Test against Sri Lanka on the third day at St George’s Park on Wednesday (December 28). Cook’s 117, his third century in only seven Tests, guided his side to 351 for 5 at stumps. That gave South Africa a lead of 432 after Vernon Philander’s 5 for 45 earlier in the day saw Sri Lanka dismissed in its first innings for 205, having conceded a lead of 81. No team has successfully chased more than 271 in the fourth innings at this ground. Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock were batting at 41 and 42 at the close, having added a brisk 74 off 92… Read More →

De Silva firm but South Africa pacers reign

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the second day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 27, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Dhananjaya de Silva’s dogged innings kept Sri Lanka afloat on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (December 27). De Silva hit 43 not out as Sri Lanka managed 181 for 7 – trailing South Africa’s first-innings total by 105 runs – before bad light brought an end to the day’s play Reducing Sri Lanka to 22 for 3, Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott, the South Africa pacemen, put the visiting batsmen under the pump early on in seam-friendly conditions. Angelo Mathews helped the side avoid a collapse with a steady 39 before de Silva strode out at No. 7 and played a gritty innings, with good support… Read More →

Lakmal four-for keeps South Africa to 267/6

Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal (L) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Hashim Amla (R) during the first day of the first cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 26, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth stadium, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Suranga Lakmal took four wickets and Rangana Herath chipped in with two to give Sri Lanka a slight advantage on the first day of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Monday (December 26). Lakmal took 4 for 62 in 23 overs, while Herath had 2 for 48 in 20 overs as South Africa reached 267 for 6 at the end of a day on which it failed to capitalise on a big opening partnership between Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar and a half-century from JP Duminy. Lakmal stopped the South African run by taking the first three wickets – of the openers and that of Hashim Amla – and later dismissed… Read More →

Rangana Herath Makes it to the ICC Leaderboard, included in the ICC Test Team of the Year

Rangana Herath

Sri Lanka’s very own Rangana Herath has been included in the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test Team of the Year. The ICC Test and ODI teams were selected by Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara, who made the selection based on the players’ performances during the period 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016. Herath’s selection along with some of the best players in the world makes it a proud moment for Sri Lanka Cricket. England’s Alastair Cook has been named as captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year, which includes four Englishmen, three Australians, and a player each from New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Herath, currently ranked No. 3 in… Read More →

Sri Lanka take on India at the Finals of Youth Asia Cup 2016 Sri Lanka

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The final match of the ACC Youth Asia Cup 2016 Sri Lanka is scheduled to get underway tomorrow at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The Day/Night match will be played between India and Sri Lanka as the two top teams in the tournament exert their maximum skills to emerge as the triumphant winner of the ACC Youth Asia Cup 2016. The matches leading up to the final day have been hard fought, with spectators being treated to some engaging cricketing moments since the tournament began. The Sri Lanka Cricket Team consists of Kamindu Mendis (Captain), Ashen Bandara, Ravindu Sanjana, Hareen Buddhila, Jehan Daniel, Revan Kelly, Hasitha Boyagoda, Thisaru Rashmika Dilshan, Praveen Jayawickrema, Vishva Chathuranga, Lasith Croospulle, Wanitha Wanninayake, Thilan… Read More →

Rangana Herath named in ICC Test team of the year

ICC Test Team of the Year 2016

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year. Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara selected the sides based on players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016. England’s Alastair Cook has been named as captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year, which includes four Englishmen, three Australians, and a player each from New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. This is the third time Cook has been appointed captain of the Test side, while it the eighth time in nine years that Dale Steyn has been selected. Joe Root, David Warner and Kane Williamson have been chosen for the third successive… Read More →

Dialog National Cricket Awards 2016

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Women’s Cricket (Division II) – Best Batsman – Hansima Karunarathne (Navy SC) (Division II) – Best Bowler – Sudeepa Athukorala (Air Force SC) (Division II) – Best All Rounder – Priyani Adikari (Navy SC) (Division II) – Runners Up – Navy Sports Club (B) (Division II) – Winner – Air Force Sports Club (B) (Division I) – Best Batsman – Shashikala Siriwardena (Navy SC) (Division I) – Best Bowler – Oshadi Ranasinghe (Navy SC) (Division I) – Best All Rounder – Shashikala Siriwardena (Navy SC) (Division I) – Runners Up – Air Force Sports Club (Division I) – Winner – Navy Sports Club Under 23 Cricket (Division III) – Runners Up – Hambanthotha Cricket Club (Division III) – Winner –… Read More →