Sri Lanka takes 1-0 lead in T20I series

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David Warner’s unbeaten 90 went in vain as Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Shot-making was not easy on the drop-in pitch at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium but Warner blasted an unbeaten 62-ball 90 in a brilliant display of controlled aggression to power Australia to 137 for three wickets. Kushal Perera (33) and captain Angelo Mathews (35 not out) shone with the bat for Sri Lanka before Thisara Perera (19 not out) clobbered back-to-back sixes to see the visitors home with seven balls to spare. Melbourne hosts the second and final match on Monday. Australia were reeling at 53-3 in nine overs after opting to… Read More →

Hughes century helps Australia to level series

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Phil Hughes returned to form with a century before Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques took three wickets each to lead Australia to a series-levelling 32-run win over Sri Lanka in the final one-day cricket international on Wednesday. Hughes struck 138 not out at Bellerive Oval but Sri Lanka were on course to overhaul Australia’s 247-5 until Doherty exploited spin-friendly conditions to dismiss three of the tourists’ top four batsmen. Pressure from Doherty reduced Sri Lanka from 50-0 at the 10-over mark to 85-4 from 25 and the tourists never fully recovered, stumbling to 215 all out and a 2-2 draw in the five-match series. Australia still have batting concerns despite Hughes’s second ton of the series, with David Hussey’s 34… Read More →

Siriwardena confident about change of fortunes

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Sri Lanka captain Shashikala Siriwardena is confident of a change of fortunes for her side during the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013. Siriwardena believes her side’s bowling attack gives her hope of a good show at the tournament that begins on 31 January in Mumbai.* “We couldn’t do well at ICC World Twenty20 due to our batting failure. It was tough to lose like that on our home soil. We believe in our potential and are confident of doing well (at the ICC Women’s World Cup). What gives us hope is our previous performances and winning ratio in ODIs. I have a lot of belief in our bowlers as they have proved themselves throughout the year. Considering our… Read More →

Sydney ODI abandoned due to rain, wet outfield

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Rain and a wet outfield brought a premature end to the fourth one-day international between Australia and Sri Lanka on Sunday but not before the hosts’ batting frailties had been exposed again. Bowled out for 74 runs inside 27 overs in Friday’s match at Brisbane, Australia wobbled again before reaching 222-9 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Mitchell Starc hit a career-best 52 not out off 37 balls from number nine as Australia had to rally from 130-6 and Sri Lanka were 14 for no wicket from 3.2 overs before rain forced the umpires to take the players off. The match was abandoned two hours later because of a wet outfield, leaving the home side unable to win the five-match series…. Read More →

Kulasekara sparks Sri Lanka ODI victory

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Sri Lanka laboured to a four-wicket victory after right-arm pacer Nuwan Kulasekara destroyed Australia with a fine display of swing bowling in the third one-day international in Brisbane on Friday. Australia’s top and middle order batsmen capitulated before Kulasekara’s inswing while Lasith Malinga (3-22) polished off the tail to bowl out the hosts for 74 in 26.4 overs. The win, though not as convincing as it should have been, puts Sri Lanka 2-1 up in the five-match series. Sydney hosts the fourth one-dayer on Sunday. For Australia, only Mitchell Starc (22 not out) and Xavier Doherty (15) managed double digits, adding 34 runs for the last wicket to take the home side past their lowest ODI total ever. On a… Read More →

Thirimanne stars in Sri Lanka win

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Lahiru Thirimanne struck his first one-day century as Sri Lanka levelled the one-day series against Australia with a convincing eight-wicket win on Sunday. Sri Lanka put the hosts in to bat after rain delayed the start at the Adelaide Oval and the bowlers capitalised on cloud cover and moisture in the pitch to restrict Australia to 170 all out from 46.5 overs. The tourists’ reply started poorly when Upal Thuranga was caught behind off Clint McKay without scoring but Thirimanne (102 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (51) dug in to help Sri Lanka reach 172-2 with almost 10 overs remaining. The series is level at 1-1 after two of the five matches, with the teams next meeting in Brisbane on… Read More →

ODI & T20 Squad for the Sri Lanka Tour of Australia

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on 28th  December 2012, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the ODI & T20 Squad for the Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2012/2013. 1. Mahela Jayawardena 2. Angelo Mathews 3. T.M Dilshan 4. Upul Tharanga 5. Lahiru Thirimanna 6. Dinesh Chandimal 7. Lasith Malinga 8. Nuwan Kulasekara 9. Thisara Perera 10. Akila Dhanajaya 11. Ajantha Mendis 12. Jeewan Mendis 13. Suranga Lakmal 14. Rangana Herath 15. Kushal Janith Perera 16. Shaminda Eranga   The following were nominated to replace Kumar Sangakkara and Chanaka Welagedara for the 3rd Test Match in Australia. 1. Suranga Lakmal 2. Lahiru Thirimanne The above had been granted approval by  the Hon.Minister of Sports… Read More →

Media accreditation closes for the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 on 2 January

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ICC MEDIA ADVISORY ICC to only entertain applications which have been approved by editors or employers Media are reminded that the media accreditation process for the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 will close on 2 January 2013. Members of the media are invited to send the below information to accreditation@icc-cricket.com. Name Job Title (please clarify if you are a print journalist, Non-Rights Holder (NRH) Reporter, NRH Radio Reporter, NRH Cameraperson or photographer) Organisation (please clarify if it is a newspaper, magazine, radio, television or a website) Country Matches intended to cover A passport-style photograph in jpeg form A letter from your editor confirming that you will be covering the event for your respected organisation By sending the information requested above, it will… Read More →

Under 19 Inter Provincial Tournament 5th to 9th

Sri Lanka Cricket is conducting the U19 Inter provincial tournament which will be held from the 5th of January to the 9th of January 2013. These matches will be played in  3 different areas of the country. One group will play in Dambulla & Kurunegala  & the other group will play in Colombo. This important tournament will be good opportunity for the schoolboy cricketers to show their talents since the selectors will be picking the best of these Provincial Schoolboy Cricketers for the 3 Test & 5 ODI’s to be played in Bangladesh in April 2013. No Group A Group B 01 Western   Province NO 6.North Central Province 02 Western Province South outer 7.Uva Province 03 Central Province 8.Southern Province 04 Eastern Province 9.Western… Read More →

Thirimanne and Lakmal to replace injured players

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that Lahiru Thirimane & Suranga Lakmal will replace the injured Kumar Sangakkara & Chanaka Welagedara who will be come back from Australia .  This Selection is only for the 3rd Test Match to be played in Sydney. Their selection has been ratified by the Minister of Sports  Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Tony Greig dies aged 66

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Former England captain and prominent cricket pundit Tony Greig has died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his Sydney home on Saturday. “In sad news, beloved Tony Greig, former England cricket captain has passed away today at the age of 66,” broadcaster Channel Nine, which employed Greig as a cricket commentator, said on Twitter. “To his family and friends we pass on our best wishes.” Greig, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, was taken to a Sydney hospital but died at about 1:45 pm (0245 GMT). “The staff of the emergency department worked on Mr Greig to no avail,” a spokesman at St Vincent’s hospital told local media. South Africa-born Greig, who played… Read More →

ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 – Sri Lanka Squad

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The following squads were selected to participate in the ICC Women’s 50 over Wold Cup 2013 which will be  held in India, Mumbai from 31 January to 17 February 2013. The Hon Minister also has approved same. World Cup Squad – Womens Team 1.      Shashikala Siriwardane (Capt) 2.      Sandamali Dolawatha (V.Capt) 3.      Chamari Athapaththu 4.      Lasanthi Madushani 5.      Dilani Manodara 6.      Eshani Lokusuriya 7.      Chamani Seneviratne 8.      Sripali Weerakkody 9.      Udeshika Prabodini 10.    Prasadini Weerakkody 11.    Deepika Rasangika 12.    Inoka Ranaweera 13.   Oshadi Ranasinghe 14.   Yashoda Mendis 15.   Sereena Ravikumara STAND BY 16.  Rangika Fernando 17.  Nilakshi  De silva… Read More →

Bring it on! Jayawardena says of hostile MCG

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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena has no illusions about the hostile reception awaiting his team at Melbourne Cricket Ground but insists it will only spur the tourists in the second test against Australia starting on Wednesday. Sri Lanka do not have particularly fond memories of the MCG, where their spin great Muttiah Muralidaran was no-balled seven times when the islanders last played a test here in 1995. The visitors have riled the Victorian fans this time by unofficially accusing local favourite Peter Siddle of ball-tampering in the first test in Hobart. “We have been through a lot of hostile things in the past. 1995 was one and even after that,” Jayawardena told a Christmas Day news conference on Tuesday. “I… Read More →

ExCo clarifies position regarding guarantee fee to support staff

Media Release The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket turned down a request made by the Captain of the National Team, Mahela Jayawardena, to distribute part of the guarantee fee due to the team from the World T20, to members of the Support Staff and certain ground staff, at its last meeting held on 12th December. The players are paid 25% of the guarantee fee as per their contract and it is not distributed among anyone other than the players, hence the reason for the Executive Committee to refuse to deviate from the standard practice. Certain sections of the media contacted the Treasurer to clarify exactly what happened and he had explained this process. Thereafter, when it was carried in… Read More →