Mathews climbs as India’s Dhawan makes giant stride in batting rankings; Inspired Ashwin and Sri Lanka bowlers rise There was good news for several Sri Lanka players in the latest ICC rankings which were released following its memorable 63-run victory over India in the first Test at Galle on Saturday, with career high gains for Dinesh Chandimal and Tharindu Kaushal as Rangana Herath also helped inspire the hosts to an unlikely victory. Skipper Angelo Mathews has overtaken his team-mate Kumar Sangakkara and, in the process, moved up one place to fifth inthe ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after scores of 64 and 39. Sangakkara, who will make his final appearance for Sri Lanka in the second Test which starts in Colombo on Thursday,… Read More →
Sri Lanka unleashed its booming cannon in the shape of Rangana Herath, and the left-arm spinner shattered Indian hopes at the Galle International Cricket Stadium as the home side came from behind to win the first Test by 63 runs on Saturday (August 15). The fourth day’s play in the first Test was always going to be a test of nerves as much as it would be an examination of batsmen’s techniques against the turning ball. Sri Lanka emerged triumphant on both counts, bowling India out for 112 to cap a remarkable turnaround with a spectacular win that put the side 1-0 up in the three-Test series. Kumar Sangakkara, in his penultimate Test, led the celebratory charge, enveloping Dinesh Chandimal… Read More →
India controlled most parts of the first session, but a special counter-attacking innings from Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka stage a remarkable fight back on Day 3 of the first Test in Galle on Friday (August 14). A three-day finish had looked very much on the cards once India ended a positive fourth-wicket stand of 87 by dismissing Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews in the space of seven deliveries. At 95 for 5, Sri Lanka was still 97 shy of making India bat a second time, and Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne looked like every ball had their name written on it. Along the way, both batsmen rode plenty of luck, which they translated into aggression to take India by surprise…. Read More →
Navy Women, tournament’s only unbeaten team, deservedly won the title of Women’s D1 Limited-over tournament 2015 this afternoon when they comprehensively beat Air Force by six wickets in the finals played at Colts ground proving their supremacy in Women’s cricket. In a final that could not match the excitement after Navy bowlers led by Udeshika Prabodini bowled out Air Force, who took the first lease on winning the toss, for a paltry 86 making this final a completely one-sided affair. Sanduni Abeywickrama and Sripali Weerakkody both started well for the Airwomen, but after they got out when both were on 23, the rest of the batting had no answer to a bowling attack that took the full control of the… Read More →
Test match batting is as much about situational awareness and adaptability as it is about scoring runs. The art of scoring runs is as much about steady accumulation as about sparkling strokeplay. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli demonstrated the art of innings-building at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on a warm Thursday (August 13), driving Sri Lanka ragged with their steadfast approach. India began day two of the first Test with its noses in front, 128 for 2 in response to Sri Lanka’s 183. By the time stumps were drawn after an attritional six and a bit hours, it had moved emphatically into the driver’s seat, riding on the back of a gritty hundred by Dhawan and a masterful compilation… Read More →
Play didn’t begin until six minutes past the scheduled starting time at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (August 12). Strong winds that savagely ruffled the white cloth serving as the sightscreen forced Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva, as well as Virat Kohli and his men to wait for the ground staff to do their thing after Angelo Mathews won the toss and predictably chose to bat. That wasn’t quite the only flutter on day one of the first Test. On a lovely day for cricket with the rain staying away, R Ashwin’s 6 for 46 helped India bowl Sri Lanka out for 183, before the home side reclaimed some ground by rapidly evicting KL Rahul… Read More →
At a meeting of the Junior Selection Committee held, the following squad was selected to undergo training for Sri Lanka Under 19. NAME TYPE BOWLING SCHOOL Kaveen Bandara Opening LHB D.S.Senanayaka Salindu Ushan Opening LHB Isipathana Thanuka Dabare Opening LHB Lumbini Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan Opening LHB LAS Trinity Charith Asalanka Allrounder RAOS Richmond Avishka Fernando Right hand bat St Sebastian -Moratuwa Risith Upamal Right hand bat WK Dharmalokakelaniya Lakshina Rodrigo Right hand bat WK St.Peters Wanidu Hasaranga Allrounder RALS Richmond Promod Maduwantha Right hand bat Isipathana Sachintha Jayathilaka Right hand bat RALS St Thomas Mt.Lavinia Charana Nanayakkara Allrounder RAFM Thurstan Visard Randika Right hand bat WK Isipathana Shammu Ashan Allrounder RAOS Ananda – Maradana Malinga Amarasinghe Allrounder RAFM Nalanda – Co… Read More →
Media Release At a meeting of the Selection Committee held on the 10th of August 2015, the following squad was selected for the One Day Series of the above Tour. Dananjaya De Silva Dhanushka Gunatillake Sadeera Samarawickrema Bhanuka Rajapakse Dasun Shanaka Angelo Perera (Captain) Chathuranga De Silva Lahiru Madushanka Nisala Tharaka Jeffrey Vandersay Kasun Rajitha Akila Dananjaya Binura Fernando Anjelo Jayasinghe Lasith Abeyratne Hon. Navin Dissanayake Minister of Tourism & Sports has approved the above.
Media Release At a meeting of the Selection Committee held on the 10th of August 2015, the following squad was selected for the 3rd 4 day match of the above series. Sadeera Samarawickrama Oshada Fernando Lahiru Milantha Romesh Buddhika (Captain) Kaushal Gajasinghe Lasith Abeyratne Lahiru Madushanka Nisala Tharaka Binura Fernando Jeffrey Vandersay Lakshman Sandakan Amila Aponso Denuwan Rajakaruna Angelo Jayasinghe Kasun Madusanka Hon. Navin Dissanayake Minister of Tourism & Sports has approved the above.
Narammala SC, after they completed a first innings win over Gesto SC, Ambalangoda in the finals of Donovan Andree D11 Tournament concluded this afternoon in a draw at Surrey Ground, Maggona, were declared the 2015-Champions. After Gesto won the toss and put Narammala in, Pathum Gunathilaka who made a hundred and Dilhara Lawrance 46 helped Narammala make 300 in their first innings. Gesto chasing 301 to earn a first innings win were reduced to 164 all out by Narammala bowlers led by Udara Jayamal who claimed three wickets for 35 runs. Damil Nilanka (46), Supun Asela (27) and Saliya Tennakoon (31) all got starts, but their failure to convert them to bigger totals and with little contribution from rest of… Read More →
Navy maintaining their winning streak cruised to the finals of Womens D1 Limited-over Tournament this afternoon when they defeated Colts in one of the semi finals whilst Air Force became the winners of the other semi finals over Army to clinch the other spot in the finals. Air Force beat Army by 5 wickets at Moors Ground Chamari Atapattu’ 49 for Air Force with the bat overshadowed the four wickets captured by Niluka Karunarathne for Army as Air Force chasing the easy target of 121 set by Army after they won the toss and took the first lease, reached the target with 27 overs to spare to win the match by 5 wickets. Chief scores Army SC WMN 120 (49.3) Imalka Mendis 22, Sherina Ravikumar 15 Air… Read More →
(Courtesy: Batsman.com) Pulina in super all round display as Tamil beat Navy The sailors despite having their noses in front after the first innings play leading by 43 runs, cracked against Tamil Unions spin combo Pulina Tharanga and Devind Pathmanathan in the second innings. NAVY only managed 117 setting a gettable target of 161. Former Royal skipper Imal Liyanage led from the front in the run chase and scored an unbeaten 64 as Tamil Union. Navy SC 316 (91.1) Lahiru Silva 64, Lahiru Jayakody 71, Ashan Ranasinghe 64, Ishara Prashan 2/33, Devin Pathmanadan 2/66 & 117 (50.3) Lahiru Jayakody 44, Pulina Tharanga 4/21, Devin Pathmanadan 3/33 Tamil Union C & AC 273 (69.1) Pulina Tharanga 120, Madushan Ravichandrakumar 41, Ashan… Read More →