Kind gesture by the Indians

The Indian team in a kind gesture helped by giving a part of their practice slot to facilitate Sri Lanka to practice for today’s game against the hosts.

Chamara Silva to make ODI return

Right handed middle order batsman Chamara Silva is set to make his ODI comeback when Sri Lanka will take on Bangladesh for the first ODI in the IDEA cup triangular which also involves India. He played his last ODI in August 2008 against India in Colombo. Team management will be hoping that Silva’s comeback would pave the way for a better performance from their under performed middle order. Team sources also revealed that Sri Lanka will be bolstering their pace attack with three frontline pacemen. Chanaka Welagedara will spearhead the atttack supported by Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Kulasekera. Team for today’s game will be as follows. Tillekeratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Thilina Kandamby, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara,… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s practice session curtailed

The pre match practice session scheduled for this evening for the Sri Lankan team was curtailed at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka after the ground staff detected a technical malfunction with the ground’s lighting system. Sri Lanka is scheduled to take on Bangladesh tomorrow at the same venue. Sri Lankan  team management is expecting “dew” to be a factor tomorrow at the latter part of the game and is expected to strengthen its bowling attack. Team sources also revealed that a tinge of green was also visible in the track. This may lead the team to strengthen its Fast bowling attack. The team winning the toss is expected to field 1st due to the “dew” factor. Play will… Read More →

Sri Lanka play lung opener against Bangladesh tomorrow

The hosts will have their work cut out when they play against a new look Sri Lanka team, captained by an inform Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankans have dominated against the home team by winning 26 of the 28 outings against the Bengali Tigers in the shorter version of the game. Bangladesh need to get early in roads when bowling to the Sri Lankans, with the top three namely Dilshan, Tharanga , and skipper Sangakkara  showing excellent form in the recently concluded series against India. Chamara Silva is back in the side. Also batsmen in the caliber of Samaraweera, Thirimanne and Kandamby are all capable of scoring big runs on placid pitches. The pitch will not be as batsman friendly… Read More →

“Youngsters in the squad deserve a look in” – Sangakkara

Sri Lanka national squad hampered with injuries to senior players, are keeping faith in youngsters to do the job in Bangladesh in the forthcoming series. The team to most pundits looks very inexperienced, however the selectors have been smart to include players who have done exceptionally well in the recently concluded series in India. The top three batters are in good form, and have done the bulk of scoring in the four completed ODI’s in India. Sri Lanka will hope that the top three retain their form since the middle order and the lower order have hardly contributed in India with the willow. We now take a look at reality. In India four ODI’s yielded results, three in favor of… Read More →

Sangakkara, Bayliss and De Mel very optimistic

All three decision makers namely Sangakkara, coach Baylis and chairman selectors are very excited with the youngsters who will be on tour to Bangladesh . Answering media quires about the young hopefuls, Coach Trevor Baylis clearly stated that Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedera and Suraj Randiv were the most impressive, against the Indians in the recently concluded series. Sangakakra added that players in the caliber of Thisira Perera and young Lahiru Thirimane have a great opportunity to cement their place at national level. Sangakkara also praised Thisira Perera for his positive attitude and his enthusiasm to do well at this level. The head table consisting of head coach, captain and selectors were very informative and did well by answering all media… Read More →

“Bangladesh tour is ideal to test the youngsters” – De Mel

Chairman of the Selection committee Ashantha De Mel addressing the media gathering at SLC auditorium today stated that the upcoming tri series in Bangladesh is an ideal platform to test the younger players. He further went on to mention that Sri Lanka’s explosive opener Tillekaratne Dilshan fully deserved the Vice Captaincy handed over to him for this tour taking in to account his contribution to the team on and off the field. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara also praised the attitute and the contribution of Dilshan and expressed his whole hearted satisfaction at the appointment of Dilshan as his deputy. Commenting further, Sangakkara expressed his ambition to develop the bench strenghth of the team on the road to the World Cup 2011…. Read More →

Selectors show faith in youngsters

Selectors must be given credit for giving fresh legs a great opportunity to prove themselves in the forthcoming tour of Bangladesh. We will miss the services of our established players nursing injuries, after a tiring Indian series, while some have been given a rest to think about their game and get back into form, sooner rather than later. Kumar Sangakkara, TM Dilshan and Upul Tharanga are in great nick, while Chanaka Welegedera and Suranga Lakmal have impressed as new ball bowlers. In the spin department Suraj Randiv has even impressed the likes of Sunil Gavaskhar and Ravi sharstri with his high arm orthodox off spin. Suraj is bound to develop variation and wicket taking deliveries, when he starts gaining experience… Read More →

Thirimanna selected for Bangladesh tour

The Hon. Minster of Sports & Public Recreation has granted approval for the following team to participate in the ODI tri series to be played in Bangladesh. India will be the 3rd team participating for the tournament.

Jayasuriya faces the wrath of an under prepared pitch on his 20th Anniversary

For twenty long years the south paw has done yeoman service to Sri Lanka cricket. He has brought smiles upon the faces of many Sri Lankans at home and abroad. The down trodden, the sick and the bed ridden, school boys, house wives, together with the elite were recipients of his fantastic talent which he has displayed all around the world “Sanath Jayasuriya there is something about that name”, quote unquote Sunil Gavaskar. “This man Jayasuriya is something you know” quote unquote Bob Willis. “I have not seen Sir Don Bradman bat but I have had the privilege of playing against Jayasuriya and see him bat” quote unquote Sachin Tendulkar. Many accolades of praise have been stated about his ability… Read More →

5th ODI called off due to poor pitch

The curator at the Kotla Stadium in New Delhi got it wrong with his pitch for the final game of Sri Lanka’s long tour of India. The visitors were lucky to get away with only two injuries. Dilshan was badly hurt when a delivery from Ashish Nehera took off from a good length and stuck him a painful blow to his elbow. Jayuasuriya was hit many times on his fingers and his shoulder. It was an appalling sight to see the uneven bounce at Kotla. The curator should not experiment with players. Sangakkara called his batsman back in the middle of the 23rd over watching the ball take off dangerously off the track. The curator will be blamed for the… Read More →

Sri Lanka beaten by the “youth” of India

India in pursuit of 316 to win the series got off to a shocker losing Virendra Shewag for 10 caught by Dilshan off the bowling of Suranga Lakml for 10 with India on 14. Then came wicket number two when Tendulkhar try to hit over top and was caught at cover for 8 to give Sri Lanka her 2nd wicket with India on 23. With Gambir and Kohli at the wickets, Sri Lanka thanks to young Lakmal controlled the Indians but it all went haywire when Lasith malinga’s first over was carted around for 16 runs by Virat Kholi. The onslaught with Gambir and kholi then got underway. The two youngsters played with great authority, nudging the good ball into… Read More →

All eyes on SL middle order at Eden Gardens tomorrow

Sri Lanka will want to put behind their dismal batting display at Cuttack and look ahead at tomorrow’s encounter more optimistically. The visitors do have fond memories of Eden Gardens, a venue that can house 90,000 spectators. Sri Lanka won a world cup match against Mohammed Azharuddin’s Indian side in 1996, by 131 runs, the only surviving member of that great team Jayasuriya, claimed 3 wickets for 12 runs, whilst India’s surviving star Tendulkhar, accounted for 65 runs, out of a paltry 120 for 8 wickets, made by India in reply to Sri Lanka’s big score of 251 for 8. Sri Lanka has played six matches at Eden Gardens since 1990, and boasts of three wins and a no record… Read More →