Du Plessis, Miller centuries set up big South African win

South African Francois du Plessis celebrates his 100 runs during the second One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Kingsmead cricket ground on February 1, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKY

Sri Lanka goes 2-0 down in five-match ODI series after folding for 186 in response to the home side’s 307/6 Centuries from Faf du Plessis and David Miller set up South Africa’s comprehensive 121-run victory in the second of five One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka in Durban on Wednesday (February 1). On a good batting track, South Africa was put in and it didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, posting a formidable 307 for 6. Du Plessis made 105 off 120 balls, while Miller finished the innings with a burst of power-hitting to make 117 not out off 98 deliveries. Sri Lanka was left to rue the decision during the chase. It had rejigged the opening combination, Upul… Read More →

උතුර – උතුරමැද – මධ්‍යම ප්‍රදේශයන්හි දැවැන්ත ක්‍රිකට් සංවර්ධන ක්‍රියාදාමයක්

President's Jaffna Visit

දිවයින පුරා විසිර සිටින දක්ෂ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයනට තම පළාත්වලම පුහුණුව ලබා ජාත්‍යන්තර තත්ත්වයට යාමට සියලු දිස්ත්‍රික්කවලට අංග සම්පූර්ණ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයක් ඇතුලුව සෑම පහසුකම් එහිදීම ලබාදීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය තීරණය කර තිබේ.  මේ නව වැඩ පිළිවෙල සමාරම්භය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට ශ්‍රි ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් සභාපති තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා ඇතුලු ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ නිලධාරීන් පිරිසක් උතුරැ පළාත උතුරු මැද පළාත සහ මධ්‍යම පළාත්වල නොබෝදා සංචාරයක යෙදෙමින් අදාල දිස්ත්‍රික්ක සංගම්වල නිලධාරීන්ට උපදෙස් දීම සහ ක්‍රිකට් උපකරණ බෙදා දීමද සිදුකරන ලදී. ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ සභාපති තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා ඇතුලු විධායක කමිටුවේ නිලධාරීන් අනුරාධපුරය, යාපනය, වවුනියාව, මුලතිව්, මන්නාරම, පොළොන්නරුව, හිඟුරක්ගොඩ, මාතලේ, දඹුල්ල, මහනුවර හා කෑගල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයන්හි නිලධාරීන් හා ක්‍රීඩකයන් මුණගැසී සාකච්ඡා පවත්වා අඩුපාඩු සොයාබලා ඒවාට පිළියම් එහිදීම ලබාදුන්හ.  ස්ථාන කිහිපයකදී ක්‍රිකට් ආම්පන්න ලබාදීම ද විශේෂත්වයකි. දිස්ත්‍රික්ක 22ක අංග… Read More →

Mendis underscores talent, but South Africa clinically professional

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (R) bats during the One Day International(ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on January 28, 2017. x / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

In an 8-wicket smarting at the hands of South Africa in the opening ODI, young batting spark Kusal Mendis riding back to form on a top score of 62 piercing the boundary line on ten occasions was the only consolation for the relative young Sri Lankan team. Given the strong odds Upul Tharanga’s Sri Lankans were pitted against of a strong batting pedigree of tried and tested frontline of the likes of run machines like A.B. de Villiers and Hashim Amla and Quintin de Kock and F. du Plessis, it was always a tough call for the visitors; what is more with their skipper Angelo Mathews out of action. That Sri Lanka went in with a debutant in 23-year old… Read More →

India fancied in Group A of ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

·      India captain Mithali Raj: “We aim to have a settled team through the tournament and prepare for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 by working on our tactics” ·      Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera: “We are a fresh team but looking forward to playing against India and other teams in this tournament” ·      Ireland captain Laura Delany: “We have worked hard for a number of months and have a mix of experience and youth in our team” ·      Zimbabwe captain Sharne Mayers: “Our biggest challenges will be the conditions in Colombo and that we we’ll be going into the 50-over format after a few years” ·       Thailand captain… Read More →

Stage set for ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017


·         ICC Women’s Committee Chair Clare Connor: “The tournament represents the culmination of a hugely exciting few years for the international women’s game” ·         Tournament Director Holly Colvin: “The good thing about the format is that it is a robust system, meaning teams need to consistently perform in order to qualify” ·         Final four spots at the ICC Women’s World Cup up for grabs A chance to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, places in the next ICC Women’s Championship and ODI status for the next four-year cycle – there’s a lot at stake in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 to be held in Colombo from 7-21 February. The 14-day event will culminate with the final… Read More →

SLC launches impartial inquiry into Panadura vs. Kalutara PCC match

29th January 2017, Colombo: The Tournament Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is convening an emergency meeting this evening, as part of an impartial inquiry into complaints from the match officials that there may have been foul play during the Panadura SC vs. Kalutara Physical Cultural Club match played on 25th at the Surrey Village grounds in Maggona. Panadura SC claimed their 5th win in the Tier B segment during the recently concluded match. The club which won the toss and elected to bat first reached their target of 165 within just 13.4 overs. “This emergency meeting by officials of the tournament committee will be a decisive meeting during which all evidence will be tabled and carefully studied,” K. Mathivanan,… Read More →

Sri Lanka wins Tri-Nation U19 series in South Africa

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Sri Lankan team celebrate winning the series after the Youth Triangular Series Final match between South Africa U/19 and Sri Lanka U/19 at Boland Park on January 28, 2017 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sri Lanka under-19 cricket team beat South Africa under-19 by 77 runs at Boland Park in Paarl on Saturday in the final match for the 2016/17 Tri-Nations Under-19 Tournament. The home side was shot out for just 79 runs in 32.4 overs after Sri Lanka had made a modest 156 from 44.5 overs having elected to bat first. Sri Lanka Under-19: 156 in 44.5 overs (Ashen Bandara 33, Praveen Jayawickrema 20, Ruan de Swardt 3/30, Kenan Smith 2/29) South Africa Under-19: 79 in 32.4 overs (Praveen Jayawickrema 2/13, Nipun Ransika 5/19, Hareen Weerasingha 2/5). Full Scorecard

Tahir, batsmen seal easy win for South Africa

Amla and du Plessis hit half-centuries to steer comfortable chase of 182 against Sri Lanka in first ODI Imran Tahir (3 for 26) and Wayne Parnell (3 for 48) set up a facile eight-wicket win for South Africa with 15.4 overs to spare in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka St George’s Park on Saturday (January 28). South Africa did well to bowl Sri Lanka out for 181 after opting to field on a two-paced and slow pitch — more suited to the visiting side than the home side — and was equally clinical in the chase with both Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hitting fluent half-centuries. With the required run-rate below four runs per over, Quinton de… Read More →

SLC announces 16-member squad for ODIs in South Africa


Sri Lanka Cricket National Selection Committee, led by Chairman Sanath Jayasuriya has announced the names of 16 players who are to be included in Sri Lanka’s one-day International (ODI) for the ongoing series against South Africa. Sri Lanka will play five ODI matches as part of this series from January 28th to February 10th , 2017. The names on the squad are: Upul Tharanga – Captain Dinesh Chandimal Dhananjaya de Silva Niroshan Dickwella Sandun Weerakkody Kusal Mendis Asela Gunarathne Chathuranga de Silva Sachith Pathirana Jeffery Vandersay Lakshan Sandakan Lahiru Madushanka Nuwan Kulasekara Lahiru Kumara Suranga Lakmal Vikum Sanjaya The squad will be captained by Upul Tharanga due to the absence of Angelo Mathews who exited from the series on personal… Read More →

Sri Lanka to participate at WBC T-20 World Cup Cricket Tournament

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27th, January 2017, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s national visually impaired cricket squad comprising of 17 multi-talent individuals from all over the Island will be departing to India this week to compete in the 2ndWorld Blind T-20 World Cup Tournament in an attempt to clinch the title as champions. Although the team which has performed well in the past World Cup Tournaments, is not affiliated to the country’s national board, the charitable arm of Sri Lanka Cricket ‘Cricket Aid’ has extended a helping hand in sponsoring these individuals to participate in this International tournament. “As a governing cricket board in the country, it gives us a sense of pride to know that we have a talented team who are determined to clinch… Read More →

20 -20 තරගාවලියේ ගෞරවනිය ජයග්‍රහණය කළක් අප මතකයේ රැ‍ඳේවි

Members of the Sri Lankan team celebrate after winning the T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Newlands Stadium on January 25, 2017, in Cape Town.  / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිව‍යේ පරාජයේ උණුසුම ඉක්මනින්ම නිමාවට පත් කරමින් ද ජයග්‍රහන ප්‍රීතිය බුක්ති විඳීමේ අවස්ථාව ශ්‍රි ලංකා ක්‍රීඩාලොලීනට ලබාදෙමින් ද ශ්‍රි ලංකා තරුණ 20 -20 කණ්ඩායම තෙවන විස්සයි විස්ස තරගය ද කඩුලු පහකින් දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව පරදා තරගාවලියම ජයගත්තේ තම දක්ෂතා ලොවටම පෙන්වමිනි. දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව ඕවර 20 දී කඩුලු 5ට 169යි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා ඕවර 19.5 දී කඩුලු 5ට 170යි.  නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ලගේ හා සික්කුගේ ප්‍රසන්නගේ දක්ෂ පිතිහරඹයත් ලංකා ක්‍රීඩකයින්ගේ සටන්කාමී ක්‍රීඩා විලාශයත් ජයග්‍රහනයට ප්‍රධානතම හේතු විය.  ලංකා මුල් විකට්ටුවට තරංග (20) හා දික්වැල්ල (68) ලකුණු 36ක් රැස් කිරිමෙන් පසු දික්වැල්ල හා ධනංජය සිල්වා (19) තෙවන කඩුල්ලට පන්දු 61ක දී ලකුණු 71ක් රැස් කරමින් ජයග්‍රහන මාවත විවෘත කළහ.   මොවුන් දෙදෙනාම 15 වන ඕවරයේ දැවී යාමෙන් පසු ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාව නියෝජනය කරන සික්කුගේ ප්‍රසන්න… Read More →

Dickwella the hero in champagne series triumph from the agony to the ecstasy

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This Sri Lankan series defining 5-wicket triumph over South Africa in the decisive third T20 match is the fruition from an agony to the ecstatic rising from the dumps champagne flowing celebrative affair for the Sri Lankan camp. For, there was Sri Lanka on a tour groping, morale dampening curve losing the Test series 0-3, and the T20 opener with only a few individual performances to smile about. In that scenario, breaking the drought by 3-wickets in the second game was heartening on a flowing half century by skipper Angelo Mathews. But that joy being short lived with the bad news that the captain had a sidelining sprained ankle putting him out of action, was indeed smarting. Sri Lanka was… Read More →

Dickwella, Prasanna take Sri Lanka to series win

Members of the Sri Lankan team celebrate after winning the T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Newlands Stadium on January 25, 2017, in Cape Town.  / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

AB de Villiers’s 44-ball 63 on international comeback goes in vain as visiting side chases down South Africa’s 169/5 to win deciding T20I. Sri Lanka created history, defeating South Africa by five wickets with a ball to spare in the third and final Twenty20 International in Cape Town on Wednesday (January 25) to secure a 2-1 series victory. It was the first time Sri Lanka had won a series in any format in the country. The architects of Sri Lanka’s successful chase of 170 is Niroshan Dickwella (68 in 51 balls), who shared a third-wicket stand of 71 with Dhananjaya de Silva, and Seekkuge Prasanna, who scored a career-best 37 not out off just 16 balls with three fours and… Read More →

Upul Tharanga to Captain ODI matches against South Africa

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga celebrates his team's good bowling innings during the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka’s 31-year-old batting talisman has been chosen to captain the country’s five One Day International matches against South Africa starting in Port Elizabeth this Saturday (28). The left-hand-batsman will captain the ODI series in South Africa in the absence of Angelo Mathews who returned home this week. Mathews had informed the management of Sri Lanka Cricket that he may need to take time off to be with his family. A hamstring injury on the 2nd T- 20 on Sunday ruled him out of the match forcing the skipper to make an early exit for the rest of the series. Both Nuwan Pradeep and Dhanushka Gunathilaka also returned to Sri Lanka on Tuesday owing to their injuries. Meanwhile… Read More →

All 10 squads for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 confirmed

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The squads of the 10 sides participating in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo from 7-21 February have been announced. India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka are among the leading sides participating in the tournament, which will decide which four teams get a chance to play in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 from 24 June to 23 July in England and Wales. The top four sides will also earn places in the second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship, while the fifth and sixth placed sides will secure ODI status for the next four years. Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies have already qualified directly for the pinnacle tournament after finishing among the top… Read More →