Thurstan 7th outright win, Josephian Nipun first to 1000 runs

The inter-school cricket intensified during the week-end that saw Thurstan College, Colombo take top billing by notching up their 7th outright victory this season. In doing so, Thurstan made the year 2017 one of its best in a long time. Playing away in Kurunegala, Thurstan registered their seventh win was against Maliyadeva College, who were trounced by 9 wickets at Kurunegala during the week-end. Thurstan’s match winner with the ball was Naveen Gunawardhane who had a match bag of 14 wickets for 85 capped by 9 wickets for 30 in the second innings. Meanwhile, S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia did get in to the winning vein in the run up to the March big match. The Thomians defeated St. Sylvester’s,… Read More →

Harmanpreet does a Dhoni with injured wrist

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Stand-in captain ignores medical advice to do the star-turn for India in final against South Africa “Dhoni wala feeling aa rahi hai (I am starting to feel like Dhoni),” said Harmanpreet Kaur, soon after hitting a six and a two off the last two balls in India Women’s thrilling one-wicket win over South Africa Women in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 at the P Sara Oval on Tuesday (February 21). Harmanpreet was disappointed coming into the final of the tournament. She had not yet been able to adjust from the fast surfaces in Australia, where she represented Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League, to the slow tracks in Colombo. Her father called her from India on… Read More →

Buoyed Sri Lanka go for clean sweep despite Dickwella suspension

Australia's James Faulkner (3rd R) celebrates the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka (front L) during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Basking in the aura of having already knocked out of contention the might of instant cricket in the 3-match T20 series, it will be a sky high fired up Sri Lanka that will go in to the third and final match tomorrow Wednesday against arch foes Australia at the Adelaide Oval. The 2-nil insulation of Upul Tharanga’s charges following back to back wins at Melbourne and Geelong has already put the Sri Lankans in the box seat of the trophy spoils. Of course, the handicap of the suspended in form batsman Niroshan Dickwella  from a dissent of an umpiring decision, dampening as it is will not deter the Sri Lankans final pursuit. Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-overs matches… Read More →

Sri Lanka plans bigger comeback despite minor setback

Sri Lankan batsman Niroshan Dickwella plays a shot during the fifth and last One Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Supersport park cricket ground on February 10, 2017 in Centurion, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTIAAN KOTZE

Following Sri Lanka’s stunning last-ball win over Australia during the second T20 match on Sunday at Geelong’s Kardinia Park, the team despite a few setbacks will return to clinch the trophy, in what hopes to be a whitewash of the series in Australia. 5-0 is Sri Lanka’s win-loss record in T20s in Australia to-date. It is the second best record in a country without losing a game. Australia is the only country where Sri Lanka hasn’t lost a T20, and they are the only team unbeaten in Australia. “The team has performed very well during the last two T20 matches in Australia and are preparing well for the third. Despite the fact that Niroshan Dickwella will not be playing the… Read More →

Asela Gunaratne cameo seals Sri Lanka’s T20 series triumph over Aussies

No Mathews, no Chandimal, a new look Sri Lanka, given the necessitated by the Upul Tharanga captaincy switch,  simply thundering down Australia in a series sealing two straight wins with no real big batting names, but  virtual newcomer Asela Gunaratne reeling off back to back half centuries. Its instant cricket status considerably down following player retirements and injury side linings, thumping the world beaters of cricket in their own backyard is indeed sky high stuff. If the opening match at Melbourne was a glorious down to the  wire triumph, coming trumps up from what looked certain defeat at Kardinia Park in Victoria knocking off 174 was  blood and thunder re-insulating insulating stuff. On a day bigger names like skipper Tharanga… Read More →

අසේල ඒක පුද්ගල සංග්‍රාමයකින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට තරගාවලියේ ම ජය ගෙන දෙයි

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka hits a shot during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට පෙනෙන තෙක් මානයේ නොතිබු ජයග්‍රහණයක් කරා ගෙනයාමට තනිවම හුදකලා සටනක නිරත වූ අසේල ගුණරත්න, පන්දු 46ක දී හයේ පහර පහක් හා හතරේ පහර හයක් සමග නොදැවී ලකුණු 84ක් ලැබීම මත සංචාරක ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමට ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව සමග දෙවන 20-20 තරගය සහ තරග තුනක තරගාවලියම ජයගැනීමට අවස්ථාව උදාවිණි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදා සාමාජිකයෙකු වන අසේල ගුණරත්න මෙහි දී තරගවැදුණු ආකාරයෙන් සිහිගැන්වූයේ සටන් බිමේ දී ඉදිරිපෙළ තම සගයන් අඩක් ම දැවී යද්දී පසුපසින් පැමිණි අයගේ සහය අඩුවෙන් හෝ ලබාගනිමින් පෞද්ගලිකව කණ්ඩායමක්ම ජයග්‍රහණය කරා ගෙන ගිය ආකාරයයි. ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව ලබාගත් ලකුණු 173 හඹායද්දී ඕවර 4.3ක් වනවිට ලංකා පිතිකරුවන් පස්දෙනෙකුම ලකුණු 40කට දැවී පරාජය කරායන කණ්ඩායමට 174 ඉලක්කය අසීරු කරුණක් නොවන බව පසක් කරගත් අසේල ගුණරත්න හයවන කඩුල්ලට චාමර කපුගෙදර (ලකුණු 32යි… Read More →

Gunaratne muscles Sri Lanka to series win

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring the winning run during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

A spectacular unbeaten 84 by Asela Gunaratne helped Sri Lanka edge out Australia by two wickets and clinch the three-match Twenty20 International series with a game to spare in Geelong on Sunday (February 19). Gunaratne, the right-hand batsman, hammered six fours and five sixes during his 46-ball knock as Sri Lanka hunted down Australia’s 173 all out by reaching 176 for 8 off the final ball of the 20th over. Gunaratne brought up the victory when he smashed the last ball of the match, from Andrew Tye, over cover for the winning boundary. It was the second time in three nights that Sri Lanka had pulled off a last-ball victory. Chamara Kapugedera had hammered a boundary to win Friday’s opening… Read More →

Sri Lanka, Pakistan complete line-up for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

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Sri Lanka and Pakistan have completed the list of qualifiers for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 after the last round of Super Six matches were completed at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday. Sri Lanka scored a 42 runs victory over Bangladesh under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method to qualify as the third side behind India and South Africa with six points in the Super Six stage while Pakistan had a forgettable outing against India in its last match to finish with four points. Pakistan was bowled out for only 67 runs and lost by seven wickets as India got past the target in only 22.3 overs but Pakistan qualified as the fourth team since Bangladesh was nowhere… Read More →

Pakistan, Sri Lanka look set to qualify for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

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Pakistan and Sri Lanka look set to make it to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 as they take on India and Bangladesh respectively, in the last round of Super Six matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday. India leads the Super Six points table with eight points while South Africa is the other side to have qualified with six points. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are on four points each and close to qualifying, while Bangladesh is on two points and with a long shot at qualifying as it needs to pull off a huge win in its last match. Pakistan should be through even with a loss due to its high net run-rate while Bangladesh… Read More →

Sri Lanka pips Australia with boundary off last ball

Finch’s men put up 168 for 6, but Gunaratne, Kapugedera stun home side to secure five-wicket win Chamara Kapugedera belted a four off the last ball to give Sri Lanka an incredible five-wicket win over Australia in its first Twenty20 International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday (February 17). The win, coming on the back of its 2-1 series win over South Africa last month, kept Sri Lanka unbeaten in four T20I games in Australia. Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 with two games to be played in Geelong on Sunday and Adelaide on Wednesday. A lot of the credit should go to Asela Gunaratne, whose fiery 52 off 37 balls, earned him man of the match. Gunaratne hit… Read More →

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka 2017 schedule announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket together with the Bangladesh Cricket Board has confirmed the schedule of Bangladesh tour to Sri Lanka which starts from February 27th and will last till April 6th. The tour will start with a twoday warm-up match which will be played in Moratuwa followed by two Test matches, the first of which is scheduled to be played in Galle while the second will be played at P.Sara Oval. There are also three ODI matches, out of which two are to be played in Dambulla while the third will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground. There are also two T20 matches both of which will be played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS). The match-schedule… Read More →

SL Deaf Cricket Team to participate at Asia Deaf Cricket Cup 2017

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15 th February 2017, Colombo: A talented team of 15 players who form the Sri Lankan Deaf Cricket Team have been given an impetus by Cricket Aid, which will sponsor the team’s visit to India to participate in the upcoming 3rd Asia Deaf Cricket Cup 2017, scheduled to be held in Hyderabad. The team which participated in the same tournament in 2012 in Pakistan emerged as Runners Up. The team also participated in the 1st T-20 Asia Cup which was held in Pakistan and clinched 3rd place while the host country Pakistan emerged as champions of the game. Hemajith Kumara, Secretary to the Sri Lanka Deaf Cricket Association said that the association was committed to uplifting leather ball cricket among… Read More →

කවුද මේ රොන් චන්ද්‍රගුප්ත

Ron Chandraguptha

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය මෙහෙයවන ප්‍රධානතම ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලිය අන්තර් සමාජ ප්‍රධාන (සුපිරි) ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේ මුල් වටයේ තරග අට නිම වන විට ඉදිරියෙන්ම සිටි පිතිකරුවා වු රොන් චන්ද්‍රගුප්ත දැනට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණ සිටින එංගලන්ත ‘ඒ’ කණ්ඩායම (එංගලන්ත ලයන්ස්) සමග පැවැති එකම පුහුණු තරගයේ ලංකා ඉනිම දෙකේ දී ම වැඩිම ලකුණු ලැබූ පිතිකරුවා බවට පත්වෙමින් පෙන්නුම් කළේ ඔහුගේ පෞද්ගලික දක්ෂතා පමණක් නොව අන්තර් සමාජ තරගාවලියේ දක්ෂයන් ජාතික කණ්ඩායමට තේරීමට කෙතරම් සුදුසු ද යන්නත්ය. එහි දී ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් සභාපතිගේ පිල මුල් ඉනිමේ දී ලැබු ලකුණු 153න් චන්ද්‍රගුප්ත ලකුණු 48ක් ලබාගත් අතර එය එම ඉනිමේ ලංකා පිතිකරුවකු ලැබූ වැඩිම සංඛ්‍යාවයි.   දෙවන ඉනිමේ දී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම ලබාගත් ලකුණු 324න් චන්ද්‍රගුප්ත ලැබූ ලකුණු 91 එම ඉනිමේ දී ලංකා පිතිකරුවෙකු ලැබූ වැඩිම ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවයි.  එපමණක් නොව… Read More →

Lokusuriyage takes Sri Lanka past Pakistan

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Three-wicket win for home side as 119-run stand between Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan goes in vain What’s a match in Sri Lanka without the drums and the trumpets adding to the mood? The home team had atmosphere and a good group of supporters on its side, led by Shashikala Siriwardene, the former captain who is sitting out with an injury. The spirits were as peppy as the music and pom-poms outside the boundary ropes. That attitude and an inclination to play with freedom won it the day when up against Pakistani sensibility. Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan’s 119-run stand for the second wicket was the core of Pakistan Women’s 212 for 7 after being asked to bat on Wednesday (February 15)… Read More →

පාසල් සිසුන් දෙදෙනෙකු දිනක් තුළදී ද්විත්ව ශතක දෙකක් වාර්තා කරති

පාසල් ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයන් දෙදෙනෙකු දිනක් තුළ ද්විත්ව ශතක දෙකක වාර්තා කිරීමේ සුලභ සිද්ධියක් සති අන්තයේ මාදම්පේ නගරයෙන් වාර්තාවේ.  මාදම්ප මධ්‍ය මහ විදුහල සමග තරගයේ දී දෙහිවල සාස්ත්‍රානන්ද විදුහලේ රුවන් ලක්ෂාන් හා ඉසුරු චාමර මෙලෙස ද්විත්ව ශතක වාර්තා කළහ.  ලක්ෂාන් පන්දු 168 ක දී හතරේ පහර 35ක් හා හයේ පහර 13 ක් සමග ලකුණු 237ක් රැස් කරද්දී චාමර ලකුණු 237 රැස්කළේ හතරේ 28 හයේ නවයක් සමග පන්දු 160 ක දීය.  මොවුන් දෙදෙනා සිව්වන කඩුල්ලට එක්කල ලකුණු ප්‍රමාණය 201කි. මේ අතර වේලස් කුමාර විදුහල ඉනිමකින් හා ලකුණු 16කි න් වෙස්ලි විදුහල පරාජය කළ අතර බම්බලපිටිය ශාන්ත පීතර කඩුලු 8කින් සාන්ත බෙනඩික්ට් පැරදවීය.  රත්ගම දේවපතිරාජ විදුහල හලාවත ශාන්ත මේරි කඩුලු 6කින් ද ගම්පහ බණ්ඩාරනායක විදුහල ලකුණු 84කින් වෙන්නප්පුව ජෝශප් වාස් ද පරාජය කළේ… Read More →