Less than a fortnight ago, the Asia Cup got underway with Lahiru Thirimanne hitting a century and Lasith Malinga taking a five-wicket haul in a Sri Lankan win over Pakistan. On Saturday (March 8), the tournament ended with a nice touch of symmetry as the same actors reprised their roles with the same result. Malinga’s 5 for 56 ensured Pakistan was kept to a manageable total, after which Thirimanne stroked 101 in 108 balls to lead his side’s charge towards its fifth Asia Cup title – tying for the record of most trophies in the tournament with India. It also meant Sri Lanka maintained its spotless record in the tournament as well as in Bangladesh since late January, completing a… Read More →
Sri Lanka dug into its reserves of batting to pull out a hard-fought three-wicket win, maintaining its unbeaten record in Bangladesh since landing here in late January. Chasing Bangladesh’s sub-par total of 204 for 9, Sri Lanka overcame an extremely wobbly start and had Angelo Mathews (74 not out off 103) to thank for a calm knock under pressure that guided his side home with an over to spare on Thursday (March 6). Bangladesh’s search for an elusive first victory in 2014 continued, with another close defeat in the final Asia Cup league match. Mathews was joined by Chaturanga de Silva (44 off 52) when the score was 75 for 5, an 82-run stand off 16.2 overs stabilising Sri Lanka…. Read More →
Sri Lanka asserted its supremacy over Afghanistan on a sluggish surface at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, experience winning out against talent that is still raw. Sri Lanka had put on 253 for 6 after opting to bat on Monday (March 3), the initial part of the innings held together by Kumar Sangakkara’s broad blade. In the closing stages, Angelo Mathews took the fight to an inexperienced attack as the last four overs yielded 49 runs. The total proved too much for Afghanistan against an attack that used the conditions to good effect, ending in a comprehensive 129-run win. Sri Lanka thus marched into the final of the Asia Cup, collecting a bonus point after dismissing Afghanistan for 124 in 38.4 overs…. Read More →
In a battle of spinners at Fatullah, it was only fitting that the match turned from one extreme to the other. Above everything towered Kumar Sangakkara, with an innings of calm and class, hitting 103 in 84 balls, while Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake stole a march over R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as Sri Lanka sealed a thriller by two wickets in the final over on Friday (February 28). India had been kept to 264 for 9 at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, and Sri Lanka squeaked home in 49.2 overs, having lost Sangakkara an over before Thisara Perera struck the winning single. The win all but assured Sri Lanka of a spot in the final of the 2014… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the proposed Annual General Meeting of SLC which was scheduled to be held on the 29th of March 2014, has now been postponed to the 23rd of April 2014 due to the Provincial Council Elections being held on the same date. The said meeting will be held at SLC Conference Room at 2.30 pm. Sri Lanka Cricket has obtained the approval of the Hon. Minister of Sports for the above postponement.
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that contrary to the several articles carried in the Print and Electronic media saying that Kaushal Lokuarachchi had pleaded guilty to match fixing, he was not charged for any corrupt activity and the only offence he had committed was a failure to report an approach made to him, which he had rejected. We would also like to confirm that he has cooperated with the ICC in the investigation and that he has not been sanctioned and the proceedings are continuing. Since these articles have caused Kaushal Lokuarachchi immense distress and pain of mind, we request your esteemed media organization to carry this clarification prominently.
The National Selection Committee at a meeting held yesterday selected 17 national contracted players for the year 2014/15. The contracted players will belong to four categories. The selectors, in addition have recommended a Special Category to be created which will consist of three players. Sri Lanka Cricket – National Team Contract Players Category 1 Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardene Nuwan Kulasekara Angelo Mathews Rangana Herath Dinesh Chandimal – From Category 2 to Category 1 Category 2 Lahiru Thirimane – From Category 3 to Category 2 Ajantha Mendis Category 3 Kusal Janith Perera – From Category 4 to Category 3 Thisara Perera Category 4 Shaminda Eranga Sachithra Senenayake Kaushal Silva – From Provincial Category 1 to National Category 4 Suranga Lakmal Special… Read More →
Pakistan did what Pakistan does, turning the opening match of the Asia Cup 2014 into a humdinger of a contest at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, but in the end, despite a valiant innings from Misbah-ul-Haq, it fell short of Sri Lanka’s 296 for 6, ending with 284 all out in 48.5 overs, courtesy Lasith Malinga’s 5 for 52. The 12-run defeat was marked by some typically come-from-behind moments by Pakistan, but the defending champion couldn’t its their magic and go all the way on Tuesday (February 25). While Misbah was the tragic hero, ending with 73 off 84, and Umar Akmal showcased his full array of strokes in a 72-ball 74, the day belonged to a… Read More →
Sri Lanka trumped Bangladesh by six wickets in their third and final One-Day International at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (February 22) to sweep the series 3-0. Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as Bangladesh, who was sent in to bat, was restricted to 240 for 8 in its 50 overs. Kusal Perera, the opener, then hit his maiden ODI century as Sri Lanka passed the target with 15 deliveries to spare. Mominul Haque top scored with a run-a-ball 60, while valuable contributions from Nasir Hossain (38), Naeem Islam (32) and the captain Mushfiqur Rahim (30), gave Bangladesh its highest score of the series. But Kusal Perera made light of the target as he flayed Bangladesh’s… Read More →
It was difficult to pinpoint the exact reason behind the frenzied cheers emanating from the Pakistan dressing room at the end of its ICC Under-19 World Cup quarterfinal against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday (February 22), which Pakistan won by a whopping 121 runs. The flat-screen television on the wall was tuned to OSN’s coverage of the closing stages of England’s thrilling win over India down the road in Dubai. Judging by the euphoria, the preferred team won. Whether that is because it was the old enemy exiting a competition it seemed well credentialed to win, or because Pakistan thought India’s loss made its own path to the title easier, is a moot point. It was probably… Read More →
Sri Lanka opened the tournament with a 49-run victory over New Zealand, then held its nerve to beat England by one wicket before romping home by eight wickets against the UAE. Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq is the tournament’s leading run-getter to date with 260 runs, while his fellow opener and captain Sami Aslam is the other prominent scorer with 129 runs. The two batsmen have provided their side two century opening wicket starts. In bowling, Karamat Ali has bagged seven wickets while Zafar Gohar has taken six wickets. In contrast, Sri Lanka openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Hashan Dumindu have been timing the ball very nicely. Samarawickrama has scored 156 runs while Dumindu has aggregated 147 runs and both the batsmen have centuries… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the National Team of Nigeria will arrive in Sri Lanka on Sunday 23rd February 2014 for a 9 day tour. The Nigerian National Team will play 4 T20 matches in Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket also wishes to state that together with the above team, the National Team of Hong Kong will arrive in Sri Lanka for a similar tour and will play 3 T20 games in Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket is hosting the above two teams in accordance of uplifting the standard of cricket of the Associate Members of ICC. Match Fixtures 24th Feb 2014 Monday 01st T20 Colts – 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Nigeria vs. Antonian SC 25th Feb 2014 Tuesday 01st… Read More →
Media Release An injury to T.M. Dilshan’s hand will keep him out of the rest of the Bangaldesh tour. He will be replaced by Lahiru Thirimanne who will join the team today. This injury occurred during yesterdays match against Bangladesh and will return to the country today. Kumar Sangakkara will be rested for the final ODI game. Mahela Jayawardene & Chaturanga De Silva will join the team for the Asia Cup.
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Executive Committee of SLC met with Stake holders, Past Captains, Past Presidents, Secretaries, Management Staff of SLC in the presence of the Sports Ministry Representative at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Sports yesterday to discuss the matters pertaining to the ICC Revised Working Group Proposals presented at the ICC Board meeting held on the 8th of February 2014 in Singapore. SLC was represented by the Vice President of SLC Mr. Mohan De Silva, the Hony.Secretary of SLC Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga and SLC Treasurer Mr. Nuski Mohamed at this meeting. At the outset of the meeting the representatives of SLC briefed the stake holders and all present on the sequence… Read More →
Sri Lanka followed a thrilling one-wicket win over England with a comprehensive victory against the United Arab Emirates, triumphing by eight wickets in a Group D match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday(February 18). Sri Lanka thus ensured its entry into the quarterfinals of the event, maintaining an all-win record. Hashan Dumindu, the opener, starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 113 off 118 balls. His innings included eleven fours and one six, as Sri Lanka chased down UAE’s 205 all out with ease, taking just 43.1 overs to get to the target. Having lost the in-form Sadeera Samarawickrama for just 7 in the sixth over, Dumindu collaborated with Kusal Mendis, the captain,… Read More →