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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →

Minus Mathews, 25/1 Sri Lanka take on 7/2 hoodoo haunted South Africa

UPUL THARANGA: The onus will be on him as stand in captain to lewad from the front. KUSAL MENDIS: Has been previewed by experts in England as the player to watch in SL team. A chip on the shoulder highly fresher laden Sri Lanka with a few old horses launch their big stakes campaign for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in their opening Group B match against South Africa, the ODI No.1 team in the world tomorrow Saturday at the Oval. Outsiders at 25/1 odds Sri Lanka face the championship that puts hosts England and reigning champions India as tournament favourites along with Australia and South Africa. The downsizing takes a further blow by the news that skipper Angelo Mathews… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකා – දකුණු අප්‍රිකා තරගය සෙනසුරාදා

චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම සහභාගි වන ප්‍රථම තරගය සෙනසුරාදා (3) ලන්ඩනයේ ඕවල් ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ දී පැවැතවෙන්නේ දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමගය. මේ තරගයට ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට නායකත්වය දෙනේනේ ආරම්භක පිතිකරු උපුල් තරංගය.  තරංග පවසන්නේ ශක්තිමත් කණ්ඩායමක් තමා සතුව සිටින හෙයින් අවශ්‍ය වේලාවේ දී තම කණ්ඩායමට ජයග්‍රහන කරා යා හැකි බවය. පිතිකරුවන් සියල්ල දැන් උපරිමයෙන් දස්කම් දක්වනවා.  සියලු ක්‍රීඩකයන් පසුවන්නේ දැඩි අධිෂ්ඨානශීලිභාවකින් හා උනන්දුවකින්.  වේලාවට මොවුන් තම යුතුකම් ඉටු කරාවියැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායකයා ප්‍රකාශ කරයි.  එංගලන්ත තණතිලිවල දීර්ඝ කලක් තිස්සේ ආරම්භක පිතිකරු ලෙස දස්කම් දක්වා සිටින උපුල් තරංග අවසාන් වරට නවසීලන්තය සමග පැවැති පුහුණු තරගයේ දී ද ලකුණු 110ක් ලැබුවේ පන්දු 104ක ට මුහුණ දෙමිනි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ නායක ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස් නැවත වතාවක් කලවා ප්‍රදේශයේ මස්පිඩු ඉරීමකින් මද ආබාධිත තත්ත්වයකට පත්… Read More →

Upul Tharanga pre-match press conference – South Africa v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's captain Upul Tharanga catches a ball during a practice session at The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla on March 27, 2017, ahead of the second one day international between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA

Q. Angelo is having a fitness test later. How is he? UPUL THARANGA: Yeah, I think he’s having a fitness test like today also, so we are going to look tomorrow morning, as well. So I think final decision, we think by tomorrow morning. Q. Obviously South Africa go into the game as favourites, having beaten you guys 5-0 in South Africa. How is the mood in the camp leading up to this tournament? UPUL THARANGA: Yeah, I think they have played against us in the last series but I think we know what are the areas we have to improve. Like since the run in England, I think we have done well so far. I think especially even we… Read More →

Calf injury to sideline Sri Lanka skipper

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Colombo, 31st May 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (31) announced that skipper Angelo Mathews will most likely sit out the first group stage match of the Champions Trophy due to a calf injury. Mathews who returned to lead the side in their Champions Trophy campaign after a hiatus of several months had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the Team management to conduct radiographic investigations which revealed a strain on the muscle. Following a hamstring injury sustained last year, Mathews was on a strict regimen of supervised rest and recovery, which saw him declared match fit well in time to lead the side at a 6 day intensive residential training & conditioning camp in Pallakelle prior to their departure to… Read More →

Women’s Cricket given new impetus

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Colombo, 31st May 2017; In a landmark move that augers well for the development of Women’s cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket today announced the formation of a Women’s National Development Squad. A squad of 30 player was hand-picked based on their performance at the recently concluded inaugural women’s under 23 Provincial tournament by the Women’s National Selection Committee headed by former Captain – Rasanjali de Alwis. The Squad which consists of talented young women from across the island were issued contracts by Sri Lanka Cricket last morning (30) at a simple ceremony attended by the players and their families who were greeted by President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala and Vice-President in charge of Domestic Cricket Mr. K. Mathivanan. Sri Lanka Cricket… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s high scoring effort evaporated by bludgeoning New Zealand

Sri Lanka’s high scoring 356-run warmth was put to evaporation by New Zealand in a 6-wicket overhauling that once again showed up the bowling department wanting in their final warm iup match at Edgbaston, Birmingham. That New Zealand effort orchestrated by a 76-ball 116 and fine edged by a 157-run second wicket alliance with skipper Kane Williamson contributing 88 and retiring was salt rubbing to the wounds inflicted on the Sri Lankan bowlers as New Zealand finished on 359 for 4 wickets to win with 23 balls to spare. Of the recognized bowlers only star performer Lasith Malinga did not feature in yesterday’s game, and it was the second time Sri Lanka’s 300-plus efforts were overhauled, the Aussies having done… Read More →

Indomitable Sangakkara takes county cricket by storm in final record fling

Sri Lanka’s indomitable Kumar Sangakkara, whose passion from the game has seen the former Sri Lankan captain and superstar batsman continue the canter playing county cricket following his retirement from international cricket, is now ready to pack his bags from playing county cricket. In a thick run vein for Surrey in the ongoing County Cricket Championship having reeled five centuries on the trot oiled by a double century and twin centuries, Sangakkara, has announced that it will be ‘enough is enough’ as he touches 40 years this year. The mercurial Sri Lankan professional, who has succeeded in influencing the cricket world by a rare trait of a perfectionist not only as a player, but also his oratory intellectual capacity, and … Read More →

Sri Lanka batting begins to gel: Has edge over Kiwis

The trophy hype has begun to spin full circle with the warm up matches gaining momentum. Of course, the build up focus is on tomorrow’s game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Warwickshire. While for the record, both sides have lost the first of two games, from a Sri Lankan point of view, the loss to Australia being in a very tight finish, Angelo Mathews’ team would thus not be dented when they take on the Kiwis at The Oval on June 3 . Comparatively, Sri Lanka has the edge having also won handsomely over Scotland the second of two games though they suffered a shock defeat in the first game. New Zealand has failed to touch wood recently…. Read More →