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

#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


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


“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 →

වර්ෂාව දැවැන්තයින් ඉවත් කරයි ද?

එංගලන්තයේ පැවැත්වෙන චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියට මේ දිනවල වර්ෂාවෙන් දැඩි ලෙස බාධා සිදුවෙමින් තිබෙන අතර, තරගාවලිය ජය ගනිතැයි අපේක්ෂා කළ දැවැන්තයන් මේ හේතුව මත තරගාවලිය ආරම්භයේදීම එළියට විසිවන තත්ත්වයකට පත්ව තිබේ.  ජුනි 2 වැනිදා පැවැති ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා නවසීලන්ත තරගය ජුනි 5 වැනිදා පැවැති ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා – බංග්ලදේශ තරගය වර්ෂාව මත නතර කළ හෙයින් කුසලානය දිනනු ඇතැයි අපේක්ෂා කළ කණ්ඩායමක් වන ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව දැනට ලකුණු දෙකක් පමණක් ලබා පසුවන්නේ අසීරු තත්ත්වයකය.  ඔවුනට තව ඉතිරිව ඇත්තේ 10 වැනිදා පැවැත්වෙන එංගලන්ත තරගය පමණෙකි. වර්ෂාවෙන් බාධා වූ ඉන්දියා – පාකිස්තාන තරගයේ දී ඉන්දියාවට ජය අත් වූයේ ලකුණු 124කිනි.  චැම්පියන් කුසලාන හිටපු සූරයන් වන ඉන්දියාව මීළඟට තරග වදින්නේ ලබන 8 වැනිදා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සමග බර්මින්හැම්හි දී ය. දැනට පැවැති තරග පහෙන් (5 වැනිදා වන විට) තරග තුනකටම වර්ෂාවෙන්… Read More →

Skipper back on the field


Colombo, 6th June 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket today confirmed that Skipper Angelo Mathews will lead the team at Thursday’s (8) all important encounter against India. Mathews who was sidelined by an untimely Calf strain ahead of the country’s CT17 opener against South Africa on the 3rd, has been declared fit by the team Medical experts, however he will show his prowess with the bat only in the game due to get underway at 10.30 am local time at the Oval on the 8th. The full-time Skipper who returned to lead the Sri Lanka team after a 5 month hiatus caused by a recurrent Hamstring injury was relegated to the dressers after their warm-up game against Australia in which he scored… Read More →

National Women’s Team to undertake high intensity training ahead of their WWC campaign


Colombo, 6 th June 2017 The Sri Lanka Women’s National Team (WNT) will follow in the footsteps of their male counterparts when they travel to Kandy today (6) for a 5-day high intensity & conditioning training camp at the SLC Centre of Excellence – Kandy. The Women’s National team, led by Captain Inoka Ranaweera, have been engaged in an intensive training programme under Head Coach Hemantha Devapriya over the past 30 days, the pre-tournament workup has included several practice games that have assisted the resource staff in identifying areas of concern in order to create targeted enhancement sessions. In addition to the on-field training, the National Women’s team have been privileged to experience sessions in motivation and mental preparation under… Read More →

Sri Lanka lose despite superb start by Dickwella-Tharanga

Kusal Perera

Two mistakes – a half hearted lollypop stroke by  Kusal Mendis, and a poor judgment rush for a run by Dinesh Chandimal – cost Sri Lanka the opening match by 96 runs against South Africa at the Oval on Saturday. That it put back South Africa in the game after a whirlwind 69-run opening partnership off 8.2 overs fronted by the lusty improvising by Niroshan Dickwella’s 41 off 33 balls had offset the balance of the South African fast bowling quartet to a point of despair is the sad saga of what had up to that point put Sri Lanka in the driving seat. Mendis, having cracked two boundaries, played a half hearted stroke towards mid wicket. South African skipper… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකා අහිමි කරගත්තේ ජය ගැනීමට තිබූ අවස්ථාවකි


චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහභාගි වූ ප්‍රථම තරගයෙන් ම ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලකුණු 96කින් පරාජයට පත් වූවත් එම තරගයේ ඕවර සියයෙන් 75ක් වනතුරුම ඉදිරියෙන් ම සිටියේ ලංකා කණ්ඩායමය.  තවත් ආකාරයකින් කිවහොත් තරගය පැවැති පැය හතකට කිට්ටු කාලයෙන් පැය පහක්ම තරග ග්‍රහනය සතුකර ගෙන සිටියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවය. මේ තරගය පිළිබඳව තරග ආරම්භයට පෙර තිබූ සැක සංකාව වූයේ පන්දු යවන්නන් කෙළෙස පන්දු යාවාවි ද යන්නය.  ඊට හේතුව වූයේ පෙර තරගාවලියන් හා එංගලන්තයේ පුහුණු තරගවල දී ලංකා පන්දු යවන්නන් දුර්වල වීමය.  දකුණු අප්‍රිකා තරගයේ දී ලංකා වේගපන්දු යැවීම ඉතාමත් ඉහළ මට්ටමක පැවැතියේ නව වේගපන්දු පුහුණුකරු ඇලන් ඩොනල්ඩ් ඇතුළු කණ්ඩායමේ උත්සහාය සඵල කරමිනි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා වේගපන්දු යවන්නන් තිදෙනා ලසිත් මාලිංග, සුරංග ලක්මාල් සහ නුවන් ප්‍රදීප්ගේ දක්ෂපන්දු යැවීම හමුවේ ප්‍රථම ඕවර දහය අවසාන වන… Read More →

Tharanga suspended for two ODIs for serious over-rate offence at The Oval

Upul Tharanga

ICC MEDIA RELEASE Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended from the next two ICC Champions Trophy 2017 matches after his side was found guilty of a serious over-rate offence in its Group B fixture against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension after the Sri Lanka side was ruled to be four overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to… Read More →

Amla, Tahir script 96-run win over Sri Lanka


South Africa overcome late-innings stutter and poor start with the ball to get ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign up and running For brief periods, Sri Lanka threatened to open some familiar wounds in the South African camp, but just couldn’t sustain the promise for long enough in their Group B clash of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval on Saturday. It resulted in a successful start for world No. 1 South Africa, which defended its 299 for 6 to bowl Sri Lanka out for 203 in 41.3 overs despite an initial scare, Imran Tahir bagging four wickets to headline the bowling effort. The 96-run win was set up by the run machine in Hashim Amla, who crossed more… Read More →