Mendis the hero as Sri Lanka squeaks home

Ajantha Mendis

West Indies’ bowlers fought hard to make a match of it, but Sri Lanka held its nerve to cross the line with seven balls remaining in a thrilling truncated first One-Day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday (November 1). Asked to bat, West Indies rode on a 58-run partnership between Andre Russell (41) and Darren Bravo (38), and a late blitz of 36 off 13 balls from Jason Holder, the captain, to post 159 for 8 after rain forced the match to be reduced to 26 overs-a-side. Set a revised target of 163, Sri Lanka began superbly, Tillakaratne Dilshan laying the platform with 59 off 32 balls. But West Indies bounced back, reducing Sri Lanka from… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket appoints as its online ticket service provider

wow-slc, Sri Lanka’s premier ecommerce site, entered into an agreement with Sri Lanka Cricket to exclusively manage and operate an online ticketing portal for all international cricket matches hosted in the Sri Lanka. From 9th of October onwards, all tickets for matches in Sri Lanka, will be available online on and is owned and operated by Digital Commerce Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, the principle sponsor of Sri Lanka Cricket. Commenting on this agreement, Ashley De Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket Opined “Providing convenient and digital access mediums for the local base of fans has always been in the road map for us. We are very pleased to… Read More →

New Zealand and Sri Lanka set sights on third place in ICC Women’s Championship


New Zealand and Sri Lanka have the chance to move as high as third in the ICC Women’s Championship table if it can sweep the series when they go head to head in round four of the ICC Women’s Championship, which starts in Lincoln on Tuesday. A 3-0 series victory would elevate Suzie Bates’ side, which currently lies in sixth position on eight points, towards the top of the table and two points behind Australia and the West Indies. A 2-1 win would also improve the White Ferns’ position to third, four points behind the joint leaders. In the event of a 3-0 away victory for seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, it would join third-placed South Africa on 11 points, while a 2-1 victory would… Read More →

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2015-16 – Itinerary


DECEMBER 2015 Thurs 03 – Sat 05 – Warm up match v President’s XI at Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown Thurs 10 – Mon 14 – 1st Test at University Oval, Dunedin at 10.30am Fri 18 – Tues 22 – 2nd Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton at 10.30am Sat 26 – 1st ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch at 11.00am Mon 28 – 2nd ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch at 11.00am Thurs 31 – 3rd ODI at Saxton Oval, Nelson at 11.00am JANUARY 2016 Sat 02 – 4th ODI at Saxton Oval, Nelson at 11.00am Tues 05 – 5th ODI at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui at 11.00am Thurs 07 – 1st T20 at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui at 3.00pm Sun 10 –… Read More →

Laying of Foundation Stone for Indoor Cricket Building in Dambulla


The foundation stone laying ceremony of the Indoor Cricket building in Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, was held today. Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Dr. D. M. R. B. Dissanayake – Secretary of the Ministry of Sports, Sidath Wettimuny Chairman – SLC Interim Committee, Rohana Dissanayake – President Matale District Cricket Association, Indika Aruna Kumara – President Anuradhapura DCA , Gamini Nanayakkara – Secretary Polonnaruwa DCA, Ranjith Madurusinghe – Secretary Kurunegala DCA , Ashley de Silva CEO – SLC and Carlton Bernardus Head of Cricket Operations of SLC were present at the ceremony.

Sri Lanka and West Indies aim to earn crucial points

TM Dilshan

ICC Media Release With eight sides confirmed for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the race to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 begins in Colombo on Sunday when Sri Lanka hosts the West Indies in a three-match series. Sri Lanka currently sits in fifth position on 103 points, while the West Indies is ranked eighth on 88 points. Each One-Day International (ODI) played over the next 23 months will count as the top eight sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, while the bottom four sides, along with the top sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League, will head to the ICC Cricket World Cup… Read More →

Herath, Siriwardana take Sri Lanka to victory

Sri Lanka Team won the Sobers Tissera Trophy 2-0

Rangana Herath and Milinda Siriwardana, the left-arm spin twins, combined to take seven West Indies wickets as Sri Lanka registered a 72-run win in the second Test on Monday (October 26) to sweep the series 2-0. The West Indies, who resumed on 20 for 1 chasing 244 after the fourth day was washed out due to rain, was bowled out for 171 in the post-lunch session of the final day at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. Herath ended with figures of 4 for 56 while Siriwardana took 3 for 25. Darren Bravo resisted for over two hours, scoring a 134-ball 61, but was soon running out of partners before he was dismissed in the 52nd over with 125 runs… Read More →

Sri Lanka A tour of New Zealand, 2nd unofficial Test – Match Report

Kithuruwan Vithanage

New Zealand ‘A’ sweeps the tour DAY THREE Video Scorecard A barnstorming 7-78 from legspinner Todd Astle in Lincoln’s late afternoon sunshine helped propel New Zealand A to a nine-wicket win with a day to spare in their last match with Sri Lanka A, for an impressive unbeaten run in the series. The haul took Astle to 11 for 133 for the match, his two caught and bowleds on what turned out to be the last day including the prize wicket of Kithurawan Vithanage on 84. The expansive Vithanage (above) had looked stylish in a confident knock, but his undoing signalled a quick end as the rest of the order fell away after his dismissal, the Sri Lankans despatched for… Read More →

Squad for Board President’s XI Practice match vs West Indies


Media Release The National Selection Committee has named the following squad for the 50 over Practice game between the visiting West Indies and the Board President’s XI on 29th October 2015 at Colts Grounds, Colombo. 1. Dhanushka Gunathilaka 2. Kusal Mendis 3. Lahiru Thirimanne (Captain) 4. Shehan Jayasuriya 5. Chamara Kapugedera 6. Dasun Shanaka 7. Thisara Perera 8. Seekkuge Prasanna 9. Suraj Randiv 10. Isuru Udana 11. Binura Fernando 12. Lahiru Madushanka 13. Lakshan Sandakan 14. Akila Dhananjaya 15. Lahiru Milantha

Jerome Jayaratne answers questions from fans via social media


Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Head Coach Jerome Jayaratne answered questions from fans submitted via our social media platforms. We were overwhelmed with the response from Facebook and Twitter, but we tried to narrow them down to provide a good representation of what many fans were curious about. Questions from Facebook  Q: Eranga Senarath: How are you going to improve the fielding skills of our team and physical fitness of the players?  A: The key to this is just hard work with no short cuts, like a glass of water you only could drink as much as you put into it, the skill training to improve fielding is in motion & the physical training is being handled by Michael Main our trainer who is an… Read More →

Rain washes out fourth day’s play

Umpire inspection

Persistent rain prevented any play on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo on Sunday (October 25), with West Indies needing another 224 runs with nine wickets in hand for its first Test win in Sri Lanka. West Indies had reached 20 for 1 with Shai Hope on 17 when rain stopped play on Saturday evening, and the covers remained on the field throughout Sunday at the P Sara Oval. The umpires finally cancelled play for the day at 2.45 pm local time following another inspection of the rain-soaked pitch and outfield. Batting first, Sri Lanka was dismissed for 200, but responded by shooting West Indies out for just 163 before scoring 206 in its second innings to… Read More →

Photos: Presentation Ceremony – Pakistan Under 19 tour of Sri Lanka

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The fifth and final Youth ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was called without a ball bowled. Sri Lanka Under 19s clinch the One Day series 3-0. Sammu Ashan was the leading run scorer for Sri Lanka with 189 runs (avg. 94.50) inclusive of one century while Charith Asalanka and Jehan Daniel captured the most wickets with six (avg 9.83) and five (avg. 9.40) repectively.

Dhammika Prasad strikes after Brathwaite six-for


Sri Lanka struck early but play was called off after tea due to rain on the third day of the second Test, with the West Indies 20 for 1 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Saturday (October 24). That left the visiting side with 224 more to get after being set a target of 244 to level the two-match Test series. The West Indies bowlers did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 206 in the home side’s second innings, but lost Kraigg Brathwaite in the nine overs possible before close of play. The match will commence 15 minutes earlier on the fourth day to make up for some of the time lost due to rain. Dhammika Prasad gave… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka take unassailable 3-0 lead

Kaveen Bandara’s 91 and debutant Udith Madushan’s 3 for 41 helped Sri Lanka Under-19 beat Pakistan Under-19 by 85 runs in the fourth youth ODI in Colombo, and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Brief Score Sri Lanka U19 216 in 35.5 overs (Kaveen Bandara 91, Kamindu Mendis 39, Thanuka Dabare 25, Lahiru Samarakoon 17, Sameen Gul 3-37, Hasan Mohsin 2-29, Shadab Khan 2-34) Pakistan U19 131 in 29.5 overs (Hayatullah 34, Zeeshan Malik 24, Shadab Khan 23, Udith Madushan 3-41, Lahiru Samarakoon 2-20, Sachitha Jayathilaka 2-11)

Sri Lanka builds lead after bowlers’ good show


Sri Lanka backed up a strong bowling performance with a solid start with the bat in its second innings on the second day of the second Test. After bowling the West Indies out for 163, Sri Lanka reached 76 for 2 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, an overall lead of 113. Kaushal Silva, the opening batsman, was unbeaten on 31 and had Dinesh Chandimal, unbeaten on 5, for company on Friday (October 23). Dhammika Prasad’s good form continued as he returned figures of 4 for 34, while Dilruwan Perera, the off-spinner, took 3 for 26. Perera took the last three wickets to fall in a second session that was extended by nearly 30 minutes to allow Sri Lanka… Read More →