Thirimanne and Sangakkara make hay

Opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne warmed up for his likely Test debut next week with a century as he and Kumar Sangakkara enjoyed valuable time in the middle on the first day of Sri Lanka’s tour match against Essex at Chelmsford.

Dilshan’s thumb injury casts shadow

No sooner had Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan been named man-of-the-match in the drawn second Test against England at Lord’s on Tuesday he was doubting his prospects of playing in the series climax.

Dilshan promises to keep calm and carry on

Courtesy: International Cricket Council Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said there was no point in reading the riot act after a stunning collapse to 82 all out saw his side lose the first Test against England. A rain-affected match appeared destined for a draw after England declared their first innings on 496 for five – a lead of just 96 – with only 51 overs left on Monday’s fifth and final day at Sophia Gardens. But what had seemed a moribund match was sparked into life by England fast bowler Chris Tremlett who, maintaining an accurate line and length at sharp pace ripped through the top order on his way to four for 40. Off-spinner Graeme Swann (four for 16)… Read More →