Lokusuriyage takes Sri Lanka past Pakistan

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Three-wicket win for home side as 119-run stand between Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan goes in vain What’s a match in Sri Lanka without the drums and the trumpets adding to the mood? The home team had atmosphere and a good group of supporters on its side, led by Shashikala Siriwardene, the former captain who is sitting out with an injury. The spirits were as peppy as the music and pom-poms outside the boundary ropes. That attitude and an inclination to play with freedom won it the day when up against Pakistani sensibility. Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan’s 119-run stand for the second wicket was the core of Pakistan Women’s 212 for 7 after being asked to bat on Wednesday (February 15)… Read More →

Bangladesh, Ireland, Pakistan and Sri Lanka join India and South Africa in Super Six stage of ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier

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ICC MEDIA RELEASE All six sides with One-Day International status at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 have retained their grade for the next four-year cycle by qualifying for the Super Six stage here on Monday. There were no surprises in store as India, Sri Lanka and Ireland advanced from Group A, while South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh made it from Group B as the last round of preliminary league matches were completed. On the day of league matches, India defeated Zimbabwe by nine wickets, South Africa pipped Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets, Pakistan overpowered Scotland by six wickets and host Sri Lanka outsmarted Thailand by seven wickets. The teams to have qualified carry points gained against other sides that have… Read More →

Sri Lanka A Team squad to face England Lions series announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the names of 15 players who will form the test and ODI squad during the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka 2017, which begins on February 17 th . Accordingly, 7 batsmen, four fast bowlers and four spin bowlers are expected to make their debut playing against the England Lions. The list is as follows: Dhananjaya de Silva (Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Udara Jayasundara, Sandun Weerakkody (WK), Charith Asalanka, Roshene Silva, Lahiru Gamage, Kasun Rajitha, Ron Chandraguptha, Kasun Madhusanka, Asitha Fernando, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Jeffrey Vandersay, Malinda Pushpakumara. Officials: Team Manager – Mr. Jerry Woutersz, Head Coach – Mr. Avishka Gunawardena, Fast Bowling Coach – Mr. Nuwan Zoysa (1st Test Match only), Mr. Chaminda Vaas… Read More →

South Africa ensures place in Super Six; Sri Lanka, Ireland, close in on berths

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South Africa defeated Bangladesh by six wickets on Saturday to book a place in the Super Six stage from Group B of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 while host Sri Lanka and Ireland moved closer to the next round with their second wins in Group A. Pace bowler Shabnim Ismail set the ball rolling for group favourite South Africa with an early wicket to set the tone for a third consecutive victory in the 10-team tournament from which four will qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the ICC Women’s Championship, while all entrants to the Super Six stage will be assured of ODI status for the next four-year cycle. Ismail got rid of Sharmin Sultana… Read More →

Sri Lanka President XI Team squad for England series announced

Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the names of 13 players who will play the warm up match against the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka which begins on February 12 th . Accordingly, 7 batsmen, four fast bowlers and two spin bowlers are expected to make their debut playing against the England Lions. The list is as follows: Nipun Karunanayake (Captain) Irosh Samarasooriya Hashan Dumindu Dilan Jayalath Hashan Prabath Leo Fransisco Ron Chandraguptha Asitha Fernando Kasun Madushanka Vimukthi Perera Nisala Tharaka Malinda Pushpakumara P.H.T Kaushal Officials Mr. Jerry Woutersz – Team Manager Head Coach – Sumithra Warnakulasuriya Fast Bowling Coach – Chaminda Vaas Spin Bowling Coach – Piyal Wijethunga Fielding Coach – Upul Chandana Physiotherapist – Priyantha Wickramasinghe Trainer – Darshana… Read More →

ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු සංචාරයට සහභාගීවන 20-20 කණ්ඩායම නම් කරයි

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga celebrates his team's good bowling innings during the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේදී  මේ මස 17 සිට 22 දක්වා පැවැත්වෙන තරග තුනකින් සමන්විත ශ්‍රී ලංකා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා 20-20 තරගාවලියට සහභාගීවන ශ්‍රී ලංකා විස්සයි විස්ස කණ්ඩායම ඊයේ (9 ) නම් කළ අතර හිටපු නායකයෙකු වන වේග පන්දු යවන ලසිත් මාලිංගද ඊට එක් කර තිබේ.මාලිංග ආබාධයක් මත ටික කළක් තරග බිමෙන් ඉවත්ව සිටියේය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා 20-20 කණ්ඩායමට නායකත්වය දෙන්නේ උපුල් තරංගය.උපුල් මෙවැනි තරගාවලියකට නායකත්වය දෙන ප්‍රථම වතාව මෙය වේ. කළක් ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් පිටියෙන් ඉවත්ව සිටි දිල්ෂාන් මුණවීර ,මලින්ද සිරිවර්ධන,චාමර කපුගෙදර හා ලසිත් මාලිංග නැවතත් 20-20 තරගාවලියට තේරී සිටිමද විශේෂත්වයකි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම මේ මස 10 වැනිදා දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේදී පස්වන හා අවසන් එක්දින තරගයට සහභාගීවීමෙන් පසුව 13 වැනිදා ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ කැන්බරා නුවරට ළගා වීමට නියමිතය.20-20 ජාත්‍යන්තර තරග තුනට පෙර ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු අගමැතිගේ කණ්ඩායම සමග 15… Read More →

Tharanga handed T20 captaincy too, Malinga returns for tour of Australia

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Sri Lanka’s next month long February assignment Down Under to Aussie land straight from South Africa interestingly assumes a new dimension in the team component. That it does carry a blend of newness with Upul Tharanga carrying the captaincy mantle with some of the usual tried and tested links in trump card regular captain Angelo Mathews continuing to miss out from injury, and vice captain Dinesh Chandimal failing to find the selectors nod, is interesting. More so when the good news addition happens to be that lynchpin Lasith Malinga back from a long injury sidelining. It is interesting given the element of the new blend squad centering on young blood with a few  exceptions that has been put in charge… Read More →

South Africa survives spirited chase to go 4-0 up

Du Plessis’s career-best 185 leads home team to 367/5 before Sri Lanka’s challenge ends at 327 Faf du Plessis’s career-best 185 and a four-wicket haul by Wayne Parnell guided South Africa to a 40-run win over Sri Lanka in the fourth One Day International at Newlands on Tuesday (February 7). Already having gained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, South Africa took full advantage of good batting conditions after winning the toss. Du Plessis hit his second century of the series and ended only three short of a South African record, as the home side piled up 367 for 5. However, Sri Lanka showed spirit in the chase, led by Upul Tharanga’s 90-ball 119. However, the reply ended at… Read More →

England A team tour to Sri Lanka

The UK Lions tour of Sri Lanka is scheduled to begin from 13th of February and will last till the 10th March. The tour includes two test matches of which one is scheduled to be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium while the other will be played at the Dambulla International Cricket Stadium. There are also five one-day matches scheduled of which two are to be played at Dambulla, while the 3rd match is scheduled to be played at Kurunegala and the 4 th and 5th matches are to be played at CCC respectively. 17/02/17 – 20/02/17 1 st 4 Day match at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 24/02/17 – 27/02/17 2 nd 4 Day match at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket… Read More →

Every team has something to aim for in ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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One among them will lift the trophy on February 21, but four will leave with prize berths for the eight-team ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 A tournament in which the likes of Thailand and Papua New Guinea rub shoulders against higher-ranked teams such as India and South Africa reflects the International Cricket Council’s efforts to spread the game worldwide. These four nations will be among 10 teams – joining Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and host Sri Lanka – in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo. Starting Tuesday (February 7), they will begin their campaign for spots at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, the pinnacle of the sport, in England in June-July. One among them will… Read More →

Gala reception for National team – tickets sold out

Tickets for the charity Gala dinner hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket to facilitate the Sri Lankan National Cricket Team in Australia have been sold out according to the organizers. The proceeds from the ticket sales is for the ‘Cricket Aid’ initiative, which is Sri Lanka Cricket’s only charitable arm. The team and well-wishers will be hosted to a grand reception on Saturday 18th from 6:30pm onwards at Cathies Lane Wantirna, South Victoria. At the reception well-wishers will also be afforded the opportunity of taking photographs with their favourite cricketers. Come 13th February, the National team will be embarking on a tour of Australia which includes three International T20 matches.

Sri Lanka U-19 cricketers return in trophy glitter

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Sri Lankan team celebrate winning the series after the Youth Triangular Series Final match between South Africa U/19 and Sri Lanka U/19 at Boland Park on January 28, 2017 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is proud to announce the felicitation of the Sri Lanka U- 19 cricketers tomorrow (7) at 8 p.m. at the SLC on their triumphant return home from South Africa in the trophy glitter as the Youth Tri Nation Champions having comprehensively defeated the host country South Africa in the finals. The exuberant Sri Lanka U-19 cricket team has thus capped a rollercoaster 2016 by coming thumbs up annexing the Youth Tri Nation Trophy in South Africa in January to cap 2017 on a winning note. Led by former Sebistianite Avishka Fernando, Sri Lanka showcased its strong arm at youth level by defeating South Africa in the final by 88 runs. It was a remarkable comeback from… Read More →

Live online streaming from ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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Matches from the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 will be live streamed across ICC’s digital platforms for the first time as the ICC continues its commitment to raising the profile of the women’s game. The first match to be broadcast live online will be the opening game between hosts Sri Lanka and India when the tournament gets underway on Tuesday in Colombo. ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice: “The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 is a very important event, with some of the best teams competing for spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. I’m sure the comprehensive coverage of the Colombo event across our digital platforms will showcase the talents of the players to a… Read More →

Sri Lanka to play three T20 matches in Australia

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The National Selections Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket is expected to meet this Tuesday (7) to decide the national squad for three T20 matches that Sri Lanka will play against Australia from 15th to 23rd February. Prior to the meeting however, it has been announced that Captain Angelo Mathews will not be part of the squad as he has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. The skipper sustained an injury during the second T20 International at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg last month. Although he had made prior arrangements to leave during some point of the tour, he made an early exit following his injury. The meeting on Tuesday will decide the squad and the captain who will… Read More →

De Villiers, Pretorius lead South Africa to series win

Sri Lanka lose by seven wickets after being bowled out for just 163, as home side takes a winning 3-0 lead An all-round South Africa took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match One-Day International series with a convincing seven-wicket victory in the third ODI in Johannesburg on Saturday (February 4). In a perfect game that started with winning the toss, South Africa’s bowlers first combined to shoot out Sri Lanka for a paltry 163 in 39.2 overs before AB de Villiers’s unbeaten 60 led it to victory in just 32 overs. Sri Lanka’s batsmen, barring Niroshan Dickwella who made 74, capitulated against a relentless attack in a must-win game. Dwayne Pretorius, playing in his first match of the series,… Read More →