Jordan leads England’s rout of Sri Lanka

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Three days after England fell to a 157-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, it bounced back with a 10-wicket win against the same opponents in the third One-Day International at Old Trafford on Wednesday (May 28). Chris Jordan, with career-best figures of 5 for 29, led the English attack as Sri Lanka, after being put in to bat in overcast conditions, folded for just 67 in 24 overs. The target was easily overhauled by England captain Alastair Cook (30 not out), who was returning from injury, and fellow opener Ian Bell (41 not out), Bell finishing things off in the 13th over with a six off spinner Rangana Herath. Earlier, after rain delayed the match start by 20… Read More →

Sri Lanka cruise to victory in Durham

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Impressive Sri Lanka levelled the Royal London One-Day International Series with a comprehensive 157-run win over England at the Emirates Durham ICG. Having been asked to bat under typically overcast skies, the tourists forewent their usual brand of attacking strokeplay in favour of a controlled approach. It paid dividends, too, as Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 88 secured a total of 256 for eight on a surface that consistently offered a smattering of assistance to seam. England were left to rue a lacklustre display in the field, too, with 15 wides and a couple of dropped catches proving costly. Even so, hopes were high of chasing a total that appeared par until Nuwan Kulasekara rocked England’s top order with three quick wickets. But… Read More →

All-round Jordan stars in rain-hit ODI win

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England cruised to a comfortable victory between the showers at The Oval on Thursday (May 22), the winning margin of 81 runs not flattering it, as Man of the Match Chris Jordan’s aggression with both bat and ball and Gary Ballance’s composed innings giving England’s new management a successful start in 50-over cricket, with Sri Lanka clearly playing in unfamiliar and unfavourable conditions. Alastair Cook, back on home territory for England, was comforted to receive respectful applause walking to the crease, having lost the toss and been invited to bat by Angelo Mathews. He was soon feeling even more comforted, having offered a sharp chance to Tillakaratne Dilshan at backward point, the Sri Lanka veteran springing well to his right,… Read More →

SLC Executive Committee Decisions – May 22nd 2014

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Media Release The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held today (May 22nd) made the following decisions. >> Payment to Past Cricketers On recommendation of the Committee appointed by the ExCO previously It was approved to make a payment to Past Cricketers who have done the country proud. This was decided with the thought in mind to assist these Cricketers who are in need of financial assistance to help with their medical needs. The committee had  identified 14 past cricketers and recommended  to make a grant of Rs. 300,000 for their medical expenses,which was approved by the ExCO. >> Anti Corruption Tribunal  Re Appointed: The Anti Corruption Tribunal was Re Appointed and it will comprise of the… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket Super Fours Tournament commences in June’14

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21st May’14, Colombo: In a media briefing held this evening, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the launch of the Sri Lanka Cricket Super Fours 2014 Tournament for the second consecutive time. The tournament will be played from 27th June – 02nd July, 2014 at the SSC grounds. Ajit Jayasekera – Director, Sri Lanka Premier League who is also heading the Super Fours organizing committee, highlighting the importance of the tournament said, “This is a tournament which will have 4 provincial teams where the T20 world champion team players will participate, while giving an opportunity for the up and coming cricketers to play and interact with them.” Also, he further invited all partners involved, including the media and the sponsors to… Read More →

England, Sri Lanka in with a chance to claim No.1 spot in ODI rankings

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England and Sri Lanka will go head-to-head in a five-ODI series from Thursday in London with the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings all set to change. With 21 ratings points separating number-one ranked Australia from eighth-ranked West Indies, irrespective of the outcome of the series, both third-ranked Sri Lanka and fourth-ranked England will make a move on the rankings table. Amongst other scenarios, there is a possibility of either side topping the table. But to make that happen, England or Sri Lanka will have to sweep the series. While the side that wins all five matches will finish on top of the tree, the side on the receiving end will end up in fifth position. So tight is the situation in the… Read More →

Thisara Perera, Malinga set up Sri Lanka’s nine-run win over England

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Sri Lanka got their international campaign against England off to a winning start with a nine-run victory in the lone Twenty20 at The Oval on Tuesday. After losing the toss, World Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka made 183 for seven thanks mainly to all-rounder Thisara Perera’s quickfire 49. England could only manage 174 for seven, opener Alex Hales making 66 in an innings where Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga took three for 28. The teams return to The Oval for the start of a five-match one-day series on Thursday. (Courtesy: AFP)

Dates and venues announced for 2014 Pakistan tour

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Media Release SLC today announced the dates and venues for Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka in August 2014. Pakistan will play two Test matches followed by 3 ODIs. Pakistan team will arrive on August 2nd and their tour ends on August 31. Pakistan tour itinerary – international fixtures. Wed 6 – Tue 10 Aug: 1st Test Match, Galle Thu 14 – Mon 18 Aug: 2nd Test Match, Colombo – P Sara Sat 23 Aug: 1st ODI, MRICS (Day) Wed 27 Aug: 2nd ODI, RPICS (D/N) Sat 30 Aug: 3rd ODI, RDICS (Day)

Six Test players to get specialized training in England

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Media Release At the emergency Executive Committee meeting held on 13th May 2014, as per the recommendations of the national selectors it was decided to have Dhammika Prasad as an additional squad member for the ODI leg of the England tour 2014. Further, as per the recommendations of the national selectors, the Executive Committee decided to send six cricketers two weeks prior to the commencement of the test matches.

Sri Lanka announce ODI squad for England tour

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At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors selected the following players as the squad for the ODI matches for the Tour of England 2014. Angelo Mathews (Captain) Lahiru Thirimanne (V.Capt) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardene Dinesh Chandimal Ashan Priyanjana Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Chathuranga De Silva Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Thisara Perera Suranga Lakmal

Sri Lanka seal series with washout

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Heavy rain which left the surrounds of the square saturated meant that no play was possible despite the best efforts of the local groundstaff. Umpires Richard Kettleborough, Richard Smith and match referee Chris Broad officially abandoned the game following a ground inspection at 2:20pm. The abandonment means Sri Lanka take the series 1-0 following their 79-run win over Ireland on Tuesday. (Courtesy: Cricket Ireland)

Disappointment for Ireland as Mendis turns screw

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Ireland have suffered a 79-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the first of the RSA ODI Series in Clontarf thanks to a masterful bowling display from the  mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis. Ireland went into the break in the ascendancy after restricting the visitors to 219-8 off their 50 overs. Tim Murtagh was the pick of the Irish attack, the seam bowler finishing with the miserly figures of 2 for 21 after his 10 overs. The Sri Lankan innings never got going despite good starts from Chandimal, Mathews and Priyanjan who all made 30’s before departing. A couple of lusty blows be Nuwan Kulasekara saw him step up the pace towards the later end of the innings –… Read More →