Thisara Perera produced a superb spell of right-arm medium pace bowling, while Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten half-century, as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the deciding third and final One-Day International to clinch the series 2-1in Dambulla on Saturday (August 30). Perera returned figures of 4 for 34 in eight overs, and was instrumental in the home side ensuring Pakistan was bundled out for only 102, its lowest total in Sri Lanka. A brief rain interruption when Pakistan was 81 for 8 meant the match was reduced to 48-overs-a-side. Sri Lanka was set a revised target of 101, and chased it down in just 18.2 overs. Dhammika Prasad did the initial damage for Sri Lanka, removing Ahmed… Read More →
Media Release The National Selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday named an unchanged 15-man squad for the third and final One-Day International against Pakistan in Dambulla on Saturday (August 30). Angelo Mathews – Captain T.M Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Dinesh Chandimal Ashan Priyanjana Lahiru Thirimanne – Vice Captain Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Dhammika Prasad Rangana Herath Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randev Thisara Perera This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.
Thisara Perera’s fine allround show, a 36-ball 65 and 3 for 19, helped Sri Lanka trounce Pakistan by 77 runs in the second One-Day International in Hambantota on Tuesday (August 26) to level the three-match series 1-1. Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka was reduced to 194 for 6 but recovered well to post 310 for 9 in its 50 overs, before it bowled Pakistan out for 233 all out in 43.5 overs. Pakistan lost Sharjeel Khan (11) early but Ahmed Shehzad (56) and Mohammad Hafeez (62) added 96 for the second wicket to lift the team to 114 for 1. However, Pakistan lost its nine wickets for 119 runs from there on. Hafeez, who struck 11 boundaries, was dismissed by Seekkuge… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that All Tickets purchased for the 2nd ODI which was to be played at R.Premadasa Stadium on the 27th of August 2014, will be refunded by Sri Lanka Cricket from the 2nd September to 10th September 2014 between 9 am and 4 pm. Further Entrance for the the 2nd ODI which will be played on the 26th of August 2014 in Hamabantota will be open to the public FREE OF CHARGE except for the main pavilion and the Grand Stand.
Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam’s sixth-wicket stand of 147 was instrumental in Pakistan overcoming a top-order collapse to post a thrilling four-wicket win in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Saturday (August 23). Pakistan’s chase of a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 275 in 50 overs received a major jolt as it was reduced to 106 for 5. But Maqsood’s temperament stood out. The 27-year old showed little to suggest he was playing in only his 15th ODI, as he rode the storm to finish unbeaten on 89 off just 73 balls when Shahid Afridi smashed the winning runs off Nuwan Kulasekara with one ball to spare. That Pakistan fought back from nowhere was also due to the efforts of… Read More →
Media Release At a meeting held today with regard to the above, a decision has been taken to conduct the 2nd ODI in Hambanthota due to the bad weather condition in Colombo. The Match is advanced by one day to the 26th of August 2014 and will be played as a Day Night game. 27th of August would be the Rain Reserve Day. This decision was taken on a request from the National Curator where he had confirmed that the ground will not be fit to play the 2nd ODI in Colombo on the 27th of August 2014. Due to the continuous bad weather condition the ground is soggy and the pitch is not in good playing condition since it… Read More →
Media Release SLC is pleased to inform the Media the arrival of the Sri Lankan Off Spinner Sachithra Senanayake from Perth, Australia. Sachithra was working on remodeling of his bowling action at the University of Western Australia with the aid of the University consultant coach on corrective suspect bowling actions Darryl Foster. Darryl, together with the University Bio Mechanist conducted 10 days of remedial work to remodel Sachithra’s action. SLC will be presenting Sachithra to the ICC accredited Cardiff University for clearance testing subjected to the pending report from Perth. This report is expected to reach SLC within the next fortnight. Sachithra was accompanied and assisted during this tour by SLC’s Head of Coaching Jerome Jayaratne.
In support of the Sri Lanka Visually-Handicapped Cricket Team, SLC together with Standard Charted bank, organised a mini coaching camp for children where kids from different schools across the island were coached by members of the Sri Lankan and Pakistan cricket teams. The kids also had the opportunity to get their sports gear signed by the cricketing legends present at the coaching camp. All proceeds collected at the event will be forwarded to the Sri Lanka Blind Cricket Association to support the Sri Lanka Visually-Handicapped XI’s 2014 World Cup Tour in South Africa.
ICC Media Release Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, has achieved a career-best third position. Mathews scored 39 and 43 not out in Colombo, and was rewarded with a rise of two places that has elevated him into third position. Outside the top 20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has finished the series in 28th position after his first innings contribution of 82 earned him four places on the table. Pakistan wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed and Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga also impressed with the bat in Colombo. Sarfraz has rocketed 29 places to 51st spot after scores of 103 and 55, while Tharanga has vaulted 49 places to 52nd after scoring 92 and 45. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara holds the number-one batting position, while… Read More →
Media Release The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the 1st & 2nd ODI matches against Pakistan. Angelo Mathews – Captain T.M Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Dinesh Chandimal Ashan Priyanjana Lahiru Thirimanne – Vice Captain Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Dhammika Prasad Rangana Herath Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randiv Thisara Perera This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.
Media Release At a selection meeting held the following players were selected for the one day practice game vs Pakistan on the 20th of August 2014 at Moratuwa. 1. Lahiru Thirimanne (Captain) 2. T.M Dilshan 3. Dhanushka Gunethilake 4. Dinesh Chandimal 5. Ashan Piyanjana 6. Kithruwan Vithanage 7. Chathuranga De Silva 8. Suraj Randev 9. Thisara Perera 10. Lahiru Gamage 11. Dushmantha Chameera 12. Anuk Fernando 13. Dasun Chanaka 14. Chathuranga Kumara 15. Shehan Jayasooriya
Mahela Jayawardena’s glorious Test career ended with a victory in the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. While numbers don’t always reveal the complete story, they often help in measuring the contributions of a player. A look at some of the important numbers that have defined Jayawardena’s career: 7 – Jayawardena has scored 7 double centuries in Tests. Only Don Bradman, Kumar Sangakkara and Brian Lara have scored more double tons. 34 – His 34 Test centuries rank him joint-sixth in the list of most number of Test centuries, along with Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara. He is second in the list of most centuries by a Sri Lankan, behind Kumar Sangakkara…. Read More →