Young guns gelling a championship positive as Sri Lanka brace for Pakistan today

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Sri Lanka carries a strong confidence optimism of getting past Pakistan in a Champions Trophy countdown at the Oval today. That is in a decimating estimation by the experts that both sides border on the erratic; that Sri Lanka, who should have beaten South Africa, registered a knee jerk win against the high riding reigning champions India. They have also analyzed the win loss ratio that has cast Sri Lanka at No. 7 in ICC rankings, and Pakistan at 8, and that it will be two of the weakest sides in the championship in a crucial battle to get in to the se mi finals. Contentions that Sri Lanka lacks a game plan, and that there are no super stars… Read More →

ආසියානු කණ්ඩායම් තුනක් අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙකට

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චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගවලියේ අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙකට ආසියානු කණ්ඩායම් තුනක් ම සුදුසකම් ලැබීම විශේෂත්වයකි.  අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙකට සහභාගි වන අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම වන්නේ එංගලන්තයයි. මේ තරගාවලියේ ‘ඒ’ කොටසට එංගලන්තය, ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව, නවසීලන්තය හා බංග්ලාදේශය අයත් වූ අතර එංගලන්තය ඔවුන් සභභාගි වූ තරග තුනෙන් ම ජයගෙන පහසුවෙන් ම එම කොටසේ ප්‍රථම ස්ථානයට පත්ව මුලින් ම අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට තේරිණි. ‘ඒ’ කොටසෙන් අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට තේරුණු අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම වූයේ බංග්ලාදේශයයි.  බංග්ලාදේශය තරගාවලියට සහභාගි වූ වාසනාවන්තම කණ්ඩායම ලෙස නම් කළ හැකිය.  බංග්ලදේශය ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව  වෙතින් පරාජය වීමට ආසන්නවම තිබිය දී (දෙවැනි කණ්ඩායම ඕවර 16ක් යවා තිබිය දී) වර්ෂාව මත දෙපිලටම ලකුණ බැගින් හිමි විණි. බංග්ලාදේශයට අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට ඒමට එංගලන්ත – ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා තරගයෙන් ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව පරාජය විය යුතු විය.  සෙනසුරාදා (10) එය ද එසේ ම… Read More →

Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference – Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

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#CT17 Press Conference – Transcript Q.  Angelo, can you give us an update on Thisara Perera and what exactly happened to him yesterday? ANGELO MATHEWS: He’s fine. He just got hit on the head, but he’s fine. He’s feeling very good. He’s okay. Q.  Obviously, Dhananjaya de Silva has joined the squad. Can you tell us, given the way Kusal (Perera) played the last game, how big a loss it is, and what are Dhananjaya’s chances of featuring in tomorrow’s game? ANGELO MATHEWS: It’s a shame to lose Kusal. He batted extremely well. Given the fact that he was — we brought him as the third opener, but he can bat in the middle as well. So he’s always that player who… Read More →

BREAKING: All-rounder Thisara Perera takes blow to head

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of India's Rohit Sharma during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Colombo, 11th June 2017 Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera was hit by a ball on the head during practice at Cardiff yesterday (10) ahead of the all important CT17 game against Pakistan tomorrow (12). In a most fortunate turn of events, there has been no serious injury and although under careful observation there is currently no complaint related to head injury, with only reports of tenderness in the area of impact. Sri Lanka Cricket will continue to keep him under strict medical observation.

Event Technical Committee approves Kusal Perera’s replacement in Sri Lanka squad

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The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has approved Dhananjaya de Silva as a replacement player for Kusal Perera in the Sri Lanka squad for the tournament. Perera suffered a hamstring injury in Sri Lanka’s seven-wicket victory over defending champions India at The Oval on Thursday, 8 June. He is the second Sri Lanka player after Chamara Kapugedera and fourth overall after Chris Woakes of England and Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz to withdraw from the tournament. De Silva, a 25-year-old right-handed top-order batsman and an off-spinner, has represented Sri Lanka in 16 ODIs in which he has scored 334 runs and taken four wickets. His last ODI was against South Africa at Centurion… Read More →

ඉරිදා – සඳුදා වැදගත් තරග දෙකක්

චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගවලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අයත්වන බී කොටසේ මූලික වටයේ ප්‍රධානම තරග දෙක ඉන්දියාව හා දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව අතර  (11) ඕවල් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේදීත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව හා පාකිස්තානය අතර සඳුදා (12) කාඩිෆ්හි දී ත් පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතය.  මේ තරග දෙකේ ජයග්‍රාහකයන් මේ මස 14 හා 15 වන දිනවල අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙකට සහභාගි වීමට නියමිතය. මේ තරග දෙකේම පරාජිතයනට තරගාවලියෙන් ඉවත්වීමට සිදු වේ.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාව හා පාකිස්තානය යන කණ්ඩායම් දෙකම අවසාන වරට තරග වැදුණු තරග දෙකම ජයගෙන පසුවන්නේ ප්‍රබල තත්ත්වයකිනි.  පාකිස්තානය දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව පරාජය කළ අතර බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා (8) ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ද කඩුලු 7කින් ඉන්දියාව පරාජය කළේ පහසු ආකාරයකිනි.  චැම්පියන් කුසලාන තරගාවලියන් හි ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වරක් ඉන්දියාව සමග සමසූරයන් වූ අතර තවත් වරෙක අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලැබීය. කාඩිෆ්හි සඳුදා (12) පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා… Read More →

Mendis (89), Gunathilaka (76) pound India as Sri Lanka set up record chasing 321

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Young guns Kusal Mendis(89 off 93 balls) and Dhanushka Gunathilaka (76 off 72) fired the daylights out of 100 to 30 odds on India in blazing style as Sri Lanka smashed the championship record chasing the highest score at the Oval yesterday. The annihilation of the reigning champions came in a run blaze of a 159 alliance between 22-year old Mendis, and 26-year old Gunathilaka. If their coming together at the early dismissal of Niroshan Dickwella when the total was 11, cast a cloud over Sri Lanka’s run chase of 321for 6 wickets in 50 overs, the Indian euphoria that engulfed Mathews’ team fine edged by a majority vociferous Indian crowd ran into deafening silence in the face of the… Read More →

KJP retired hurt

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera (R) receives medical treatment on the pitch during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Colombo, 9th June 2017 After a brilliant knock of 47 off 44 balls that included 5 boundaries, a flare up of a Hamstring injury has seen Kusal Janith Perera retired hurt from the Champions Trophy 2017. Perera, whose partnership of 26 with Kusal Mendis and 75 with skipper Mathews yesterday (8) anchored the Sri Lankan innings after the loss of Danushka Gunathilaka, was helped off the field in the 42nd over, and preliminary medical investigations have revealed a possible lateral mid-hamstring injury. KJP will undergo radiographic testing today (9) to ascertain the extent of his injury. Sri Lanka who had two standbys on tour training with the team in the UK, substituted Danushka Gunathilaka in after the untimely injury of… Read More →

Feisty Sri Lanka surges to stunning win

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Brilliant top-order batting throws Group B wide open as Dhawan’s century goes in vain. In a result that will only make the tournament more interesting in the days ahead, self-confessed underdog Sri Lanka thumped India by seven wickets after successfully chasing a stiff target of 322 at The Oval on Thursday (June 8). Victory was made possible by aggressive batting, as promised by captain Angelo Mathews. The personnel who did that were Kusal Mendis (89) and Danushka Gunathilaka (76), who wasn’t even in the squad until an injury to Chamara Kapugedera on the eve of the game. The pair added 159 in 139 balls for the second wicket to set up the chase before passing on the baton to Mathews… Read More →

Fortuitous injury creates batting line-up crater

Sri Lankan cricketer Asela Gunaratne (L) stretches with teammates Chamara Kapugedara (R) during a practice session at The R.Premadasa stadium in Colombo on April 3, 2017.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are scheduled to play the first T-20 International match at the R.Premadasa stadium in Colombo on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA

Colombo, 7th June 2017 The Sri Lanka camp today announced that a fluke injury would/could see right-hand batsman Chamara Kapugedara’s CT17 campaign come to an untimely conclusion. The 30 year old was hit on the knee during fielding practice this morning and SLC Medical experts have recommended a supervised convalescence of two weeks. Kapugedara’s solid batting performances at the recently concluded Super Provincial Tournament saw him attain a place in the CT17 side, however the batsman has not had an opportunity to show his aptitude in the Champions Trophy thus far. Kapugedara will be replaced by 26 year old All-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka  in tomorrow’s game against India.

Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference – India vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews addresses a press conference in The Grange in London on May 25, 2017, ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament to be held from June 1 - 18.  / AFP PHOTO / Daniel Leal-Olivas

#CT17 Press Conference – Transcript Q. Can you give us an update on Chamara Kapugedera? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah he just got injured at training, so we sent him for an MRI scan. We are waiting for the doctor’s report. If need be, we might have to bring in a replacement, which is Danushka. Q. Angelo, probably you won’t be bowling tomorrow. How much does it affect the balance of the side that your 10 overs have been very crucial in the scheme of things? How do you look at that? How to manage the plug? ANGELO MATHEWS: It does upset the balance a little bit. If I could bowl my 10 overs, unfortunately, I mean, I’m okay to play as… Read More →

Sri Lanka will have to mount out of the box effort vs India

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In a type of musical cushions scenario of when one ace sits out and is back in the pack, the other ace sits out, indeed would be bleeding highly decimating factor going in to the crunch win or drop out contest against high riding India, the reigning champions tomorrow Thursday at the Oval. Regular skipper Angelo Mathews is back in the pack for the crucial match having been injury sidelined in he opener versus South Africa. But in the return of the side’s most tried and tested campaigner, that the inform opening batsman Upul Tharanga, who held the reins in the lost match to South Africa, being a conspicuous sit out  against India tomorrow penalized for slow overate against South… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අනිවාර්යයෙන් ඉන්දියාව පරාජය කළ යුතුයි

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ඕවල් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ දී ජූනි මස 8 වැනිදා පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා – ඉන්දියා චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ජයග්‍රහණයක් අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලබාගැනීමේ අපේක්ෂාව සඵල කර ගැනීමටය. දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමග තරගයේදී  ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට නායකත්වය දුන් උපුල් තරංගට මූලික වටයේ ඉතිරි තරග දෙකම තහනම් වූයේ නියමිත වේලාවට වඩා මිනිත්තු 37ක් ඉනිම නිම කිරීමට කල්ගත කිරීම හේතුවෙනි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායක ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස් පන්දුවට පහරදීමට සියයට සියයක යෝග්‍යතාවයක සිටියත් පන්දු යැවීම පිළිබඳ ව පසුවන්නේ අවිනිශ්චිත තත්ත්වයකිනි.  මැතිව්ස් ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ ප්‍රබලම පිතිකරුවා වන අතර, ඔහු සෙසු ප්‍රබල පිතිකරුවන් සමග එක් ව ඉන්දියාවට එරෙහි ව විශාල ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවක් කරා යාමට කටයුතු කිරීම ඉතාම වැදගත් වේ. තිසර පෙරේරා සහ සීක්කුගේ ප්‍රසන්න ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ සිව්වන හා පස්වන පන්දු යවන්නන් ලෙස යෙදවීමට අපේක්ෂා කරයි. … Read More →

Young Sri Lanka must play with arrogance against India – Kumar Sangakkara

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“If Angelo Mathews is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India.” Sri Lanka go into its crucial do-or-die game against India with a few concerns having lost its opening match versus South Africa. Firstly, it has its stand-in captain Upul Tharanga suspended for the remaining ICC Champions Trophy group stage matches for a serious over-rate offence and, then, it also has ongoing concerns about the fitness of Angelo Mathews. If Angelo, Sri Lanka’s best batsman and captain, is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India. Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major… Read More →