Samaraweera ton guides Lanka home

No prizes on offer as to what the captain would decide if he wins the toss at Shere Bangla stadium. Sangakkara lucky with his call today and had no hesitation in inviting India to take first lease of the pitch.

Udawatte to leave for Bangladesh

Left handed opener, Mahela Udawatte will be joining Mahela Jayawardena and Dinesh Chandimal as reinforcements to the injury hit Sri Lankan squad taking part in the IDEA cup triangular in Bangladesh.

Thushara, Perera & Thirimanne to play today

The tour selectors have replaced Lahiru Thirimanna for injured TM Dilshan, and have kept faith in young prodigy Thissara Perera as the replacement for Chamara Silva, Nuwan Kulasekera has been given a rest and left arm fast bowler Thilan Thushara will get an opportunity

Jayawardena to be sent as replacement

Sri Lanka’s star batsman Mahela Jayawardena and 20 year old right handed batsman Dinesh Chandimal are set to be sent to Bangladesh for the IDEA cup triangular tournament as cover for injured Tillekeratne Dilshan and Chamara Silva.

Dilshan and Silva to miss todays game

Sri Lanka in the past two months have been plagued with injuries to senior players, which started revolving around while on tour to India. The latest casualties will hurt the side badly as TM Dilshan; Sri Lanka’s prolific run scorer is nursing a groin injury that will keep him out from the playing field for some time.

Thirimanne to make debut today

Sri Lankan team management in Bangladesh confirms that 20 year old left handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanne is set to make debut today against India for the 2nd ODI of the IDEA cup scheduled to get underway at 1400hrs Sri Lankan time.

Sri Lanka win easy, but Dilshan injured

Upul Tharanga and Dilshan got runs with ease up front, but Bangladesh stuck pretty quickly in the 4th over when Upul Tharanga lost concentration by chasing a Rubel Hossain delivery outside his off stump to give a regulation catch to keeper Musfiqur Rahim with Sri Lanka on 35. Tharanga walked back a dejected man, out for 14, when he could have made a big hundred on a placid pitch. Dilshan and Sangakkara were a class of their own. The left hand right hand combination, combined with their skill level played some classy strokes and put Bangladesh bowling to the sword. The pair carted a hapless home team attack to all parts of the park. Sangakkara was exquisite with his stroke… Read More →

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 →