Sangakkara and Jayawardena signs off with WT20 title

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Match Report Having lost four finals in the last seven years, Sri Lanka finally broke the jinx in some style in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014, overwhelming hitherto unbeaten India by six wickets on Sunday (April 6) night. The scenes of unrestrained joy with the entire team tumbling on to the field once Thisara Perera had lashed R Ashwin over his head for the winning boundary showed just how the finals losses had hurt the Sri Lankans, and how desperate the team was for the sweet taste of success for the first time since it jointly won the Champions Trophy with India in 2002. In a low-scoring final that seldom flirted with the gripping, Sri Lanka was… Read More →

Match Facts: Sri Lanka v India

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India – young, bold, brave and forceful, is within one win of becoming the first team to hold all three ICC trophies simultaneously. Sri Lanka is that very same win away from making the final Twenty20 International appearances of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena memorable for all the right reasons. Here is a look at the match facts ahead of the ICC World T20 final on Sunday (April 6).   Match Facts: Sri Lanka v India  Sri Lanka has won 40 of their completed 64 T20Is. Only Nepal (two wins and one defeat) has a higher win percentage. Sri Lanka also has the highest win percentage in ICC World Twenty20 matches, having won 20, lost nine and tied one of their 30… Read More →

Focus on bowling 20 good overs: Malinga

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Lasith Malinga did not set out to try and lead his team to glory at the ICC World Twenty20 2014. With Dinesh Chandimal at the helm, and the likes of Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews in the mix, Malinga would have arrived on Bangladesh’s shores expecting only to be wreaking havoc with the ball. But, as Sri Lanka stood one step away from a major world title, Malinga found himself at the receiving end of volleys, only of the verbal kind, fortunately, as he addressed the media on the eve of the final against India. The first matter he had to deal with was how Sri Lanka will tackle Virat Kohli, who lit up the Dhaka… Read More →

A partnership with few parallels

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If they were a law firm, or chartered accountants, they would be called Jayawardena, Sangakkara & Associates. But, because it is merely a cricket team, it’s called Sri Lanka. To say this is not to disrespect the other members who walk alongside Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara, but rather uplift a duo to their rightful place in Sri Lanka’s cricket pantheon. An island nation like none other, Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans love their cricket, but they don’t do hype. There is as much passion for the game in the fishing villages of Matara as there is in the posh bylanes of Colombo 4. A Sangakkara or Jayawardena is instantly recognised, but if one of them were buying groceries at… Read More →

SLC Offers further incentives to the National Team

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Media Release The Executive Committee of SLC which met at an emergency meeting this morning decided to offer USD $ 1.5 million to the National Team Players in the event that they win the final of the on going WT20 tournament in Bangladesh. This includes USD $ 500,000 participation fee which was originally offered and USD $ 1 million WIN Bonus.

Mathews hails team’s attacking efforts

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On a day when Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara failed to get going, when Tillakaratne Dilshan was involved in two run-outs, one of which cost him his wicket, Sri Lanka’s hero was Angelo Mathews. Coming in to bat at No. 6, Mathews was the difference between Sri Lanka posting a mediocre score and one that would put the pressure back on the opposition. When a potent mix of rain and hail, backed up by gusting winds, thunder and lightning brought West Indies’ chase to an end after 13.5 overs, handing Sri Lanka the win by 27 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method), the first semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 on Thursday (April 3) was interestingly set up. Although Sri Lanka was… Read More →

SLC Charter Flight for the ICC WT20 Final

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Mihin Lanka has organized a Charter Flight that will take Sri Lankan cricket fans to Dhaka for the Final of the WT20 on Sunday the 6th of April and return on the same day after the match. Departure from Sri Lanka –  8.30 am Landing in Dhaka – 12.30 pm Departure from Dhaka – 2 am Landing in SL – 4.45 am Land transport will be provided from Union Place to Air Port – Back Air Port to Union Place Interested Fans can contact Chandima Tissarachchy on 0773112862 for reservations.  Please hand over passport and two photographs to Aitken Spence travels, Vauxhall Street on or before 4.30 pm today(4/4/2014). Hurry limited seats available.

Clinical Sri Lanka through to final

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Match Report Sri Lanka played textbook subcontinental cricket to cut short West Indies’ run in the ICC World Twenty20 2014. Lasith Malinga’s team chose to bat, started brightly, consolidated in the middle overs, ended with a flourish, got early breakthroughs with pace and choked the chase with spin. It’s a fantastic plan for winning T20 matches, but you need to have the personnel to implement and the courage to stick to your guns. Sri Lanka had both in spades, and took the game by 27 runs, keeping West Indies down to 80 for 4 from 13.5 overs in pursuit of 161 on Thursday (April 3) night. When the chase began, both teams had an eye on the skies as the… Read More →

Match Facts: Sri Lanka v West Indies

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In the first semi-final of ICC World Twenty20 2014 on Thursday (April 3), Sri Lanka will look to put the World T20 2012 final loss behind it and look for revenge, while, West Indies will get on the field to defend its title. Here’s a look at the key facts, approaching milestones and key battles before this crucial clash: Key Facts: These teams have met five times in T20Is. Sri Lanka has won four matches to West Indies’ one, which came in the most recent meeting – the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 final. In fact all five of these clashes have come in ICC World Twenty20 tournaments – three group matches, a semi-final and a final. Mahela Jayawardena and Tillakaratne Dilshan have… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s Udeshika Prabhodhini becomes No 1 T20I bowler

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka’s Udeshika Prabhodhani has jumped five places to take over as the number-one ranked bowler for the first-time ever in the latest Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers. Shashikala Siriwardena takes over as the number-one ranked all-rounder. The latest player rankings were released on Wednesday at the end of the group stage of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 in Sylhet. The four teams that have progressed to the semi- finals are Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies. The semi-finals will be played in Dhaka on 3 and 4 April, while the final will be held on held on Sunday, 6 April. Prabodhani, who claimed five wickets at an average of 9.40 and at an economy of 3.35, now… Read More →

SLC Conduct Anti-Corruption Educational and Awareness Programs to Players and Officials

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The Anti- Corruption Unit  of the Sri Lanka Cricket have been actively engaged in the effort of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to enlighten the Players and Officials, with the current laws and regulations pertaining to the prevention of Cricket corruption and the precautionary measures that are expected to be adopted by all stake holders of the game of Cricket. This is in principle with the effort of the Executive Board and the SLC on the whole to maintain a higher standard of the game of Cricket in Sri Lanka. As much as the Sri Lanka Cricket Board strives to cultivate and maintain, ‘Zero Tolerance’ in cricket corruption, it also envisages disciplining all the levels of the stake holders of… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket Initiate Wider Jurisdiction to its Anti-Corruption Code

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The Sri Lanka Cricket Anti-Corruption Unit and the Legal division are in the process of amending the SLC / Anti – Corruption Code, in comparison to the recently revised, Anti – Corruption code of the ICC. The ICC revised the caption of its existing ICC Anti- Corruption Code, which read as the ‘Anti-Corruption Code for Player and Player Support Personnel’, merely to, ‘ICC, Anti-Corruption Code for Participants’, thus giving a wider definition to its new title. With the adaptation of the definition ‘Participants’, it Incorporated a widespread of participating categories such as: –   ‘any player, Player support personnel, Umpires, match referees or Umpire Support Personnel’. This also facilitated the inclusion of a critical omission in the former Code, the officials… Read More →

Dilshan fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s final Group 1 match against New Zealand at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chittagong on Monday. Dilshan was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”. The incident happened in the fourth over, when Dilshan rubbed his elbow after the ball deflected off his gloves to the wicketkeeper to indicate that the ball had not touched his gloves. The charge was brought by on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Aleem Dar, third… Read More →

Herath magic puts Sri Lanka in semifinal

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Match Reports A perfect spell of left-arm spin bowling from Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka’s portly powerhouse, left New Zealand gasping in what should have been a comfortable chase of 120 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Herath, playing for the first time this tournament, cut through the New Zealand top order with a guile, skill and beauty rarely associated with the shortest form of the game. As clinically efficient as New Zealand had been on the field, there was something visceral about watching a master craftsman go about his work, and when the chase ended at 60, giving Sri Lanka a 59-run win, Herath could proudly lead the team off the field. Herath was handed the ball in… Read More →

England Under 17 tour of Sri Lanka 2014

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the England Under 17 team will be touring Sri Lanka from the 10th of April 2014 until the 27th of April 2014. England Under 17 Team will start their tour with a One Day Match at Surrey Village on the 17th of April followed by a One Day Match on the 19th of April at SSC. The 3rd One Day Match will be on the 21st April at SSC. The final match will be on the 24th April which will be a 3 day match at Colombo Colts Cricket Club.