Ton up Banuka Rajapakse ignites old form: Dambulla upset Colombo; Galle down Kandy


SLC Super Provincial Tournament – Day 5 Results Dambulla’s Banuka Rajapakse, the former Royal College, SSC, and Chilaw Marians fiery batsman, did fire straight from the hip in a scorching three figure innings of 117 in mounting an upset 44-run win over Colombo on Monday, the fifth day’s proceedings of the Super Provincial Tournament. Rajapakse was in full cry reviving memories of his hey day Royal College batsman ship that made him quite a batting sensation at that level. It was Man of the Match rewarding stuff for the 25-year old Rajapakse. He set up the base for a huge Dambulla total of 316 for 8 wickets in 50 overs having figured in a productive 155- run third wicket alliance… Read More →

SLC Super Provincial Tournament – Day 5 Results


Banuka Rajapakse scored an attacking 117 and was involved in a 155 run partnership with Ashan Priyanjan for the 3rd wicket to help Dambulla beat Colombo by 44 runs. Dambulla 316/8 (50 overs) – B Rajapaksa 117, A Priyanjan 70, M Siriwardana 68: S Jayasuriya 4/29, T Perera 2/31, S Senanayake 2/53 vs Colombo 272 all out (47.5 overs) – D Munaweera 85, D Chandimal 70: A Priyanjan 4/41, AM Fernando 4/44. RESULT – DAMBULLA WON BY 44 RUNS  MAN OF THE MATCH – BANUKA RAJAPAKSE ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Malinda Pushpakumara and Sammu Ashan shared 5 wickets between them after Dimuth and Sadeera struck half centuries to earn Galle a much needed 70 run win. Galle 313/9 (50 Overs) – D Karunaratne… Read More →

කපුගෙදර කළකට පසු ඕවර 50 සූරයන්ගේ තරගාවලියට

Angelo Mathews

එංගලන්තයේ දී ජුනි මස 1- 18 දක්වා පැවැත්වෙන සූරයන්ගේ කුසලාන (චැම්පියන් කුසලාන) තරගාවලියට සහභාගි වන ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමට කළකට පසුව චාමර කපුගෙදර නැවත කැඳවා තිබේ.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ මෙහෙයවීමෙන් මේ දිනවල පැවැත්වෙන අන්තර් පළාත් ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේ මහනුවර කණ්ඩායමට නායකත්වය දෙන චාමර කපුගෙදර ශතක දෙකක් සමග සෑම තරගයක දී ම ලකුණු අතර සිටීමට සමත් වූ පිතිකරුවෙකි.   කළක් ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ නිත්‍ය ක්‍රීඩකයෙකු වූ කපුගෙදරට මෑතක සිට තෝරාගනු ලැබුවේ 20 -20 තරග සඳහා පමණෙකි.  සිමිත ඕවර 50 අන්තර් පළාත් තරගාවලියේ දී කපුගෙදර පෑ විශේෂ දස්කම් මත ඔහුට එංගලන්තයේ හා වේල්ස් හි පැවැත්වෙන සීමිත 50 සුරයන්ගේ කුසලාන තරගාවලියේ දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නියෝජනය  කිරීමට දැන් අවස්ථාව උදා වී තිබේ. අන්තර් පළාත් තරගාවලියේ දී  ලකුණු අතර සිටී උපුල් තරංග, දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල්, කුසල් ජනිත්… Read More →

Sri Lanka Announces Champions Trophy 2017 squad

Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following team for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to be held in England & wales from the 1 – 18th of June 2017. The Team is led by National Captain Angelo Mathews and will be comprised of the following players: 1. Angelo Mathews – Captain, 2. Upul Tharanga – Vice Captain, 3. Niroshan Dickwella, 4. Kusal Janith Perera, 5. Kusal Mendis, 6. Chamara Kapugedera, 7. Asela Gunaratne, 8. Dinesh Chandimal, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Suranga Lakmal, 11. Nuwan Pradeep, 12. Nuwan Kulasekera, 13. Thisara Perera, 14. Lakshan Sandakan, 15. Seekkuge Prasanna Standby on Tour: 16. Dilruwan Perera 17. Dhanushka Gunathilaka The following five (5) players have been selected as standby who will… Read More →

Kandy lead table with 6 points, Colombo close second with 5 points 

Colombo went on to chalk up its second successive win in a forceful comeback on day-4 following a tie and a loss on the first two days while Kandy pocketed its third win atoning for the loss to Colombo in the previous game in the ongoing Super Provincial Tournament. Kandy’s win saw them lead the table with 6 points with Colombo a close second with 5 points. Colombo beat Galle by 3 wickets in a high scoring match displaying the depth as good chasers by topping Galle’s 299 for 9 in 50 overs at the R. Premadasa Stadium while Kandy registered a 39-run win over Dambulla having totaled 323 for 5 wickets in 50 overs at the Dambulla Stadium. Dambulla… Read More →

Kapugedera, Malinga in squad for Champions Trophy


2017 a fairytale comeback for Kapugedera? The year 2017 could well go down as the comeback year in international cricket for Chamara Kapugedera. At age 30 the right hander, who had conspicuously evaporated off the international cricketing radar appearing and disappearing in fits and starts following an erosion of early promise, has indeed ignited new expectations in the breasts of home cricket fans. What has certainly set off the buzz is the naming of the Kandy born Kapugedera in a 15-man squad for the June 1 to 18 Champions Trophy in England and Wales. Kapugedera’s inclusion has been on suddenly looming from the pedestrian 20 to 30 odd scores in the sparse ODI and T20 outings to mounting a sound… Read More →

SLC set to declare ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Squad


Colombo 23rd April 2017; The National Selections Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket headed by Sanath Jayasuriya – Chairman, met at the SLC Headquarters this afternoon to select the squad for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017. National Captain Angelo Matthews who was in India as a member of the Delhi Daredevils for the currently ongoing IPL returned to the country early this morning in order to take an active role in the selections of the team that will be led by him. The Selectors adopted a strategic approach and obtained recommendations from the national specialist coaches prior to making their evaluations based on form, fitness, performance and biometric evaluations of the proposed players. The squad will depart for Kandy on the… Read More →

SLC Super Provincial Tournament – Day 4 Results

Chamara Kapugedara

Thisara’s cameo helps Colombo record a 3 wicket win. Thisara Perera scored a 30 ball 42 late down the order after Dilshan Munaweera’s early burst of 86 runs as Colombo chased down a target of 300 to record a 3 wicket win. Galle  299/9(50 overs) Upul Tharanga 101, Dimuth Karunaratne 78, Dhananjaya de Silva 52*, V Fernando 2/56 vs Colombo 301/7 (49 overs) D Munaweera 86, A Jayasinghe 70, T Perera 42*:  S Prasanna 2/59, S Lakmal 2/61 RESULT – COLOMBO WON BY 3 WICKETS MAN OF THE MATCH – DILSHAN MUNAWEERA Charith Asalanka bagged 4 for 27 in game changing spell of bowling after Chamara Kapugedara hit a 50 ball 105 as Dambulla beat Kandy by 39 runs. Kandy 323/5… Read More →

Colombo and Dambulla maiden wins: Thirimanne welcome return to form as Chandimal, Munaweera hit half tons


SLC Super Provincial Tournament that recommenced after the festival break did produce an upset win in Colombo toppling Kandy in a comprehensive 106-run triumph at the NCC grounds yesterday Monday. The result was significant for Colombo in registering a maiden win in three games having tied one and lost one. For Kandy that had mounted its campaign on a high note winning the first two games in style against ,It was a momentum losing result in the wake of the fine back to back victory take off that had put Kandy in the box seat. Of course, the high pleasing factor for Colombo was the return to form of former Sri Lanka vice captain Lahiru Thirimanne in a game that… Read More →

SLC Super Provincial Tournament – Day 3 Results


Harsha Cooray top scored with 46 whilst Milinda Siriwardena, Udara Jayasundara and Priyanjan made 30 plus scored to help Dambulla chase down the Galle score in a nail biter. Galle 250/8 (50) Chathuranga de Silva 56, Seekkuge Prasanna 46, Suranga Lakmal 33*, Upul Tharanga 26, Chamika Karunarathne 24*, Dimuth Karunarathne 24, Milinda Siriwardena 2/18, Dilruwan Perera 2/28, Lahiru Kumara 2/52 vs Dambulla 251/9 (50) Harsha Cooray 46, Milinda Siriwardena 39, Udara Jayasundara 33, Ashan Priyanjan 33, Dilruwan Perera 29, Kusal Mendis 21, Chamika Karunarathne 2/23, Chathuranga de Silva 2/36, Seekkuge Prasanna 2/46, Malinda Pushpakumara 2/47 DAMBULLA WON BY 1 WICKET Dinesh Chandimal and Wanindu Hasaranga combine to end Kandy’s unbeaten streak. Brief Score: Colombo 288/8 (50) Dinesh Chandimal 76, Dilshan… Read More →

Sri Lanka in ideal build up for 2017 ICC Champions Trophy countdown

Asanka Gurusinha

Sri Lanka’s build up for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 1 to 18 is indeed the high stakes fusion accentuated on a six-day high intensity endurance and performance program now under full swing. That Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) think tank support staff has embarked on such a preparatory course while prioritizing the climatic conditions in Kandy and Diyatalawa for the team to acclimatize  in altitude training to English conditions is certainly the ideal take off for instant cricket’s extravaganza. To the cricket world, the ICC Champions Trophy is one of the game’s blockbusters akin to the Cricket World Cup, and indeed it is a momentum gathering gallop for the participating teams. In that… Read More →

National Players visit with the victims of the Meetotamulla tragedy


 “We are who we are because of your support – we want you to know that we are with you” – Rangana Herath Colombo, 19th April 2017; Members of the Sri Lanka National squad, Niroshan Dikwella, Sachith Pathirana, Thisara Perera and Dilshan Munaweera led by veteran spinner Rangana Herath visited with the victims of the Meethotamulla tragedy at the Terrance de Silva Vidyalaya in Kolonnawa this morning. The cricketers were able to spend time with the victims, chatting about their lives and aspirations, and were especially touched by the little children, spending quality time with them, even tossing a ball or two. A donation of 4 ‘Entertainment Centres’ made up of 40” televisions and a TV connection each were made… Read More →