Sri Lanka and Pakistan qualify for ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014

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Sri Lanka joined Pakistan in the Trophy final and qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with a victory over the Netherlands at YMCA by 33 runs (D/L Method). The start of the match was delayed to due rain and reduced to 19 overs. Sri Lanka once again showed why it is in such great form this tournament, Jayangani (19) and Mendis (26) started off really well, Jayangani scoring 4 fours before she was run out by Braat, after confusion in the middle. Mendis tried to cut away a very straight delivery and was bowled by Bruning, with Sri Lanka on 79 runs for 2 wickets. Rasangika was the star batter for Sri Lanka scoring 47 runs off 50 balls… Read More →

All-round Dilshan stars as Sri Lanka wins series

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Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara pulverised South Africa’s bowling as Sri Lanka took a decisive 3-1 lead in its five-match One-Day International series with an eight-wicket victory in Pallekele on Sunday (July 28). Dilshan was unbeaten on 115 and Sangakkara made 91 during a record second-wicket partnership of 184 runs to take the hosts past South Africa’s 238. Dilshan’s 17th ODI century was studded with 16 boundaries. Sangakkara kept pace with his partner with eight fours and two sixes. The pair put on Sri Lanka’s highest ODI stand for any wicket against South Africa. Sangakkara missed his second hundred in the series when he holed out in the deep off Morne Morkel when just ten more were needed for victory…. Read More →

Sri Lanka impress again as it tops Group B: ICC WWT20 Qualifiers

Sri Lanka once again showed its superiority with an 8 wicket victory over hosts Ireland. Ireland batting first in the T20I, lost early wickets and were languishing on 3 runs for 5 wickets as Shillington (1), Isobel Joyce (1) who received her 100 cap and sister Cecelia Joyce (0) all fell. Kim Garth who scored 12 runs attempted to make the total look respectful. The Sri Lankan bowlers once again looked strong as Sripali Weerakkody and captain Shashikala Siriwardene both took two wickets a piece; as well three run outs by Sri Lanka. Elena Tice (14) down the order hit 2 fours and Ireland finished on 62 runs for 9 wickets in its 20 overs. Sri Lanka’s reply was steady… Read More →

South Africa stays alive with 56-run win

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David Miller and Lonwabo Tsotsobe played key roles as South Africa stunned Sri Lanka by 56 runs in the third One-Day International in Pallekele on Friday (July 26) to stay afloat in the five-match series. Miller plundered a robust 85 not out off 72 balls to steer the team to 223 for 7 after Ajantha Mendis had reduced South Africa to 154 for 7 in the 42nd over. Tsotsobe then ripped through the Sri Lankan top order with three wickets in the space of six runs before finishing with 4 for 22, as Sri Lanka was bundled out for 167 in the day-night game. The victory ended South Africa’s 11-match losing streak in one-day cricket on Sri Lankan soil and… Read More →

India Under-19s in Sri Lanka Test Series – 1st Youth Test

Sri Lanka U-19 v India U-19, 1st Youth Test, Dambulla India Under-19s 503 for 7 dec (Zol 173, Samson 89, Karunaratne 4-94) drew with Sri Lanka Under-19s 256 (Kulasekara 76, Yadav 4-95) and 264 for 9 (Samarawickrama 88, Sumanasiri 62) India Under-19s 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR SP Khajuria c Samarawickrama b Lakshan 52 61 10 0 85.24 AA Herwadkar c †K Mendis b R Mendis 71 125 9 0 56.80 VH Zol* c †K Mendis b Karunaratne 173 270 21 2 64.07 SV Samson c †K Mendis b Karunaratne 89 162 14 0 54.93 SS Iyer c Dumindu b Fernando 65 74 10 0 87.83 Mohammad Saif c Vimarshana b Karunaratne 17 43 2 0 39.53 AK… Read More →

Sri Lanka overwhelmed opponents Japan: ICC WWT20 Qualifiers

Sri Lanka continued to look mightily impressive as they overwhelmed opponents Japan with an outstanding performance, winning by 10 wickets in its match at Merrion. Japan batted first scoring 21 in 18.1 overs, the only batter to make any significant contribution was Ayako Nakayama scoring 12 runs. The Sri Lanka bowling attack were in fine form bowling as a unit and sharing the wickets around. Eshani Kaushalya (5 for 2), Sripali Weerakkody (2 for 2) and Chandima Gunaratne (2 for 2) all put in professional performances. Sri Lanka managed to score the winning runs in 1.4 overs, Yasoda Mendis (18) scoring 4 fours and Jayangani (4) confirming victory for the Sri Lankan team and a semi-final spot. Captain, Shashikala Siriwardene… Read More →

Sri Lanka remains No 1 ranked T20I side after annual update

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ICC Media Release  Sri Lanka has retained its position as the number-one ranked Twenty20 International (T20I) side after the annual update of the Reliance ICC T20I Rankings Table was announced on Thursday. The annual update was released just two days before Pakistan takes on defending ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies in a two-match series, starting on 27 July in Kingstown, St Vincent. At the June ICC Board meeting during the Annual Conference week in London, the ICC Board agreed to change the T20I rankings period from three years to four years. The ICC Board also decided that the annual update to the Test, ODI and T20I rankings should now take place on 1 May each year, rather than 1 August, to better align… Read More →

ICC WWT20 Qualifiers: Sri Lanka won convincingly in its opening match

Sri Lanka Women won convincingly in its opening match in ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifiers against Canada, restricting it to 44 runs in 17.5 overs. In a thoroughly professional performance the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers were Gunaratne 3 wickets for 6 runs and Dolawette and Weerakkody taking 2 wickets a piece. Canada’s top scorer was Sivanantham (13 runs). Sri Lanka achieved the target in 6.1 overs, Mendis (17) and Kaushalya (17) scoring 4 fours and winning by 9 wickets. Winning captain Shashikala Siriwardene said, ‘The bowlers did really well today restricting them to a total of 44 runs. We saw the match Japan played we are not underestimating any teams we will do our best.’ Canadian captain Mikaela… Read More →

National Squad for the 3rd & 4th ODI against South Africa

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The Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held on 24th July 2013, selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the 3rd & 4th ODI matches against South Africa to be played on the 26th and 28th July 2013. The Hon.  Minister of Sports has been approved the following squad. Angelo Mathews will be returning to the National Team as Captain after the suspension of the first two ODI s. SQUAD: 1.              Angelo Mathews                            (Capt) 2.              Dinesh Chandimal                          (V.Capt) 3.              T M Dilshan 4.              Upul Tharanga 5.              Kumar Sangakkara 6.              Mahela Jayawardena 7.              Angelo Perera 8.              Jehan Mubarak 9.              Rangana Herath 10.            Sachithra Senanayake 11.            Ajantha Mendis 12.            Lasith Malinga 13.            Shaminda Eranga 14.            Thisara Perera 15.            Suranga Lakmal 16.            Lahiru Thirimanne (Subject to fitness)

Sri Lanka triumphs in rain-affected match, takes 2-0 lead

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Needing 176 from 29 overs, South Africa stutters to 104 for 5 in 21 overs, losing by 17 runs on D/L method. Rangana Herath’s two crucial wickets helped Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 17 runs in a rain-affected One-Day International, and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, in Colombo on Tuesday (July 23). Set a revised target of 176 from 29 overs, South Africa lost five wickets to make 104 runs in 21 overs when a heavy downpour at the R Premadasa Stadium forced the match to be called off. With the par score at that stage being 121 for 5, South Africa were 17 runs short as they suffered their second defeat in the series following the… Read More →

Sanga blitz seals 180-run win over South Africa

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Kumar Sangakkara smashed his highest One-Day International score of 169, scored off 137 balls, as Sri Lanka thrashed South Africa by 180 runs in the first ODI in Colombo on Saturday (July 21). Sangakkara’s 16th ODI century steered Sri Lanka to 320 for 5 after it was sent in to bat. South Africa was then shot out for 140, the innings lasting just 31.5 overs, to leave Sri Lanka with a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Sangakkara chipped in with two catches and a stumping, earning him the Man of the Match award, as Rangana Herath and Thisara Perera picked up three wickets each. Sangakkara celebrated his 350th one-day match by surpassing his previous best of 138 not out,… Read More →

Sri Lanka U19 Two Test Matches Vs India

At a Selection Committee meeting held, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the Squad for the India Under-19s tour of Sri Lanka.  The Hon. Minister of Sports has given his approval for the below Squad. 1.      Kusal Mendis WK (Capt) 2.      Rukshan Fernando 3.      Hashan Dumindu 4.      Kavinu Kulasekara 5.      Sadeera Samarawickrama (V Capt) 6.      Thilaksha Malshan Sumanasiri 7.      Minod Bhanuka 8.      Sanjika Ridma 9.      Priyamal Perera 10.  Ramesh Mendis 11.  A. K Tyronne 12.  Lakshan Jayasinghe 13.  Hashan Vimarshana 14.  Binura Fernando 15.  Chamika Karunaratne 16.  Harsha Rajapaksha  

SLC Executive Meeting Decisions – 17th July 2013

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that it took the following decisions stated below at the Executive Committee Meeting held today in the evening. Ramith Rambukwella It was decided by the Executive to impose a 50% of his tour fee & CEO of SLC to issue him a severe warning on his behavior. Mattings 82 nos Mattings (66ft x 10ft) will be distributed for the Junior Schools Tournaments. Inter Provincial T20 Tournament SLC to organize an Inter Province T20 Cricket Tournament in place of SLPL and the winning team to represent Sri Lanka at the Champions League in India.

Sri Lanka Premier League cancelled for 2013

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket regrets to announce that the Mahindra SLPL 2013 scheduled to commence on 10th August 2013 will not take place due to the fact that the Franchisees have failed to pay the Franchise Consideration for this year and more importantly have failed to deposit with SLC the bank guarantees to secure the player payments. In the circumstances the Mahindra SLPL 2013 will not take place.

Sri Lanka National Squad for the 1st & 2nd ODI against South Africa

The Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held on 17th July 2013, selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the 1st & 2nd ODI matches against South Africa to be played on the 20th and 23rd July 2013. The Hon.  Minister of Sports has been approved the following squad. Dinesh Chandimal – Captain Lahiru Thirimana – Vice Captain T M Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardene Angelo Perera Jehan Mubarak Rangana Herath Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Lasith Malinga Shamindra Eranga Thisara Perera Suranga Lakmal