Sri Lanka levels series with six-wicket win

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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

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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 →

McCullum, Anderson star in three-wicket win

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Brendon McCullum’s cracking half-century at the top of the order and Corey Anderson’s 81 later in the script helped New Zealand register a comfortable three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in its first One-Day International at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday (January 11). Chasing 219, Brendon McCullum’s 51 in 22 balls provided New Zealand a great start, and though there were more than a few jitters along the way, Anderson stepped up with his 96-ball effort to take New Zealand to the doorstep of victory. He fell ten runs short of the target, but Nathan McCullum and Adam Milne did the rest with seven overs left to bat. Sri Lanka, having opted to bat, posted 218 for 9 on the back of… Read More →

SLC Premier League Tournament to commence from 16th January

Media Release As decided by the tournament committee of the SLC, the scheduled Premier Tournament will commence from 16, 17,18th January 2015, in the light of the forth coming Presidential Elections scheduled for the 8th January 2015. Postponed games will be played on the 27th February 2015 week end  

New Zealand completes series sweep

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New Zealand completed a clean sweep in the two-Test series after beating Sri Lanka by 193 runs on the final day of the second Test in Wellington on Wednesday (January 7). Sri Lanka was set a target of 390, and was bowled out for 196. Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell, ran through Sri Lanka’s top order with four wickets in the morning, including that of Kumar Sangakkara after the visiting side began the day on 45 for 1. Offspinner Mark Craig then helped himself to four wickets, three coming after lunch. Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath were dismissed in successive balls. Craig eventually finished with figures of 4 for 53. Boult made early inroads removing the nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad for… Read More →

31 member pool for U19 Bangladesh’s Tour of Sri Lanka

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At a meeting of the Junior National Selectors held,the following were selected to represent the 31 member pool for the U19 Bangladesh’s Tour of Sri Lanka 1.       Charith Asalanka (Captain) Richmond – Richmond College , Galle 2.       Avishka Fernando – St.Sebastians College Moratuwa 3.       Kaveen Bandara – D.S Senanayaka College Colombo 4.       Sahan Arachchige – Ananda College Colombo 5.       Lasith Lakshan – St.Thomas College Matara 6.       Chenutha Wickramasinghe – St.Thomas College Mt.Lavinia 7.       Akil Inham – D.S Senanaake College Colombo 8.       Kusal lakthilina – St.Sebastians College Moratuwa 9.       Shalindu Ushan – Isipathana College Colombo 10.   Wanidu Hasaranga – Richmond College Galle 11.   Nushan Weerasinghe – Trinity College Kandy 12.   Shammu Ashan – Ananda College Colombo 13.   Thanuka Dabare – Lumbini College Colombo 14.   Ramesh Nimantha – St.Servatius Matara 15.   Kamindu Mendis – Richmond College Galle… Read More →

Sri Lanka ODI squad for New Zealand series

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Media Release The National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following players for the ODI Squad of the Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand. 1. Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2. T.M Dilshan 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Mahela Jayawardena 5. Lahiru Thirimanne 6. Dinesh Chandimal 7. Dimuth Karunaratne 8. Jeevan Mendis 9. Thisara Perera 10 .Suranga Lakmal 11. Lasith Malinga (Subject to fitness) 12. Dhammika Prasad 13. Nuwan Kulasekara 14. Rangana Herath 15. Sachithra Senanayake 16. Shaminda Eranga This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in first Test despite spirited resistance

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New Zealand 441 (McCullum 195, Neesham 85) and 107 for two beat Sri Lanka 138 (Boult 3-25, Wagner 3-60) and 407 (Karunaratne 152, Boult 4-100, Southee 4-91) by eight wickets. Set a meagre 105-run target on the fourth day of the first Test in Christchurch, they took 30.4 overs to complete the victory with Ross Taylor not out 39 and Kane Williamson on 31. It means New Zealand have won five Tests in a calendar year for the first time after enjoying 2014 series wins at home against India (1-0) and away in the West Indies (2-1). They also drew a series with Pakistan (1-1) in the UAE earlier this month. Although Williamson and Taylor steered New Zealand home, the… Read More →

Two Practice Games on the 28th & 30th December in Colombo

Media Release Chairman of National selection committee and the National selectors have selected below names for the two practice matches (on 28th & 30th December at RPICS Keththarama) before they leave to New Zealand for the 7 ODI’s. Team A Kusal Janith, Dhanushka Gunathilake , Kithuruwan VIthanage, Ashan Priyanjan (Captain) , Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera , Nuwan Kulasekara, Ramith Rambukwella , Lakshan Sadakan , Lahiru Milantha,  Nisala Tharaka Team B Upul Tharanga (Captain), Udara Jayasundara,  Bhanuka Rajapaksa,  Roshen Silva,  Sadeera Samarawickckrama,  Seekkuge Prasanna,  F. Mahroof,  Lahiru Gamage,  Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis,  Kasun Madushanka Reserves Chathuranga De Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Primal Perera, Asela Gunarathne, Ishan Jayarathne, Nilanka Premarathne

Colts CC beats SSC to clinch Premier title

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Colts CC emerged as champions of the SLC Premier Limited Over Tournament beating defending champions SSC by a comprehensive 56 runs in the final match played at R Premadasa today (21). Chasing 252 for victory, SSC were shot out for 195 with 8.3 overs to spare. Colts - 251/9 (50 overs) : Bhanuka Rajapakse 80, Kusal Perera 55, Roshen Silva 40 Thisara Perera 5/34, Binura Fernando 3/40. SSC - 195 all out (41.3 overs) : Dhanushka Gunathilake 40, Thisara Perera 37, Thilina Kandamby 34, Nuwan Kulasekara 4/30, Shehan Jayasuriya 3/33. Colts CC won by 56 runs Bhanuka Rajapaksa was named man of the match while according to the tournament statistics, 20-year old left-hander from Ragama CC, Lahiru Milantha ended as the highest run-scorer… Read More →

All-round Dilshan scripts perfect Sanga Mahela farewell

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It was just about the perfect finish. Stumped Sangakkara, bowled Jayawardene brought the curtain down not only on the mismatched seven-game One-Day International series between Sri Lanka and England, but also on the home ODI careers of two of the most glittering gems in Sri Lanka’s cricketing crown. Tillakaratne Dilshan produced a typically bruising century, and then followed it up with a three-wicket burst, to fashion Sri Lanka’s 87-run win in the final game at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday (December 16), but this night was all about Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. While Sangakkara will still play Test cricket in Sri Lanka, this was Jayawardene’s last international outing on home soil. Neither legend made a massive impression with the bat,… Read More →

Sri Lanka Women’s tour of Pakistan in UAE – SL Squad

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Media Release At a Selection Committee of Women’s Selectors held , the following players were selected for Sri Lanka Women’s tour of Pakistan in UAE, 1. Chamari Athapaththu (Captain) 2. Hasini Perera (Vice-Captain) 3. Lasanthi Madushani 4. PrasadiniWeerakkody 5. Chamari Polgampola 6. Chathurani Gunewardena 7. Dilani Manodara 8. Shashikala Siriwardana 9. Eshani Lokusuriya 10. Ama Kanchana 11. Sripalee Weerakkody 12. Udeshika Prabodhini 13. Maduri Samuddika 14. Inoka Ranaweera 15. Sugandhika Kumari Stand by 1. Nilakshi Silva 2. Sanduni Abeywickrama 3. Nipuni Hansika