Amla 125* in 100th Test, Duminy 155 boost South Africa

South African batsman Hashim Amla celebrates his century in his hundredth test during the third cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 12, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Duo puts on 192-run stand for third wicket as home side finishes Day 1 of third Test against Sri Lanka at 338 for 3 Amla was unbeaten on 125, with 16 fours. Hashim Amla rose to the occasion in his 100th Test match, hitting a timely century, as he and JP Duminy put South Africa in pole position on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday (January 12). South Africa piled on 338 for 3 at stumps, with Amla unbeaten on 125, with 16 fours, at the Wanderers Stadium. Duminy made 155, a knock studded with 19 fours, before he was caught at second slip off Lahiru Kumara in the penultimate over of… Read More →

Sri Lanka U-19 off to a flying start in South Africa

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12th January, 2017, Stellenbosch – South Africa: The Sri Lankan Under-19 team in Sri Lanka was off to a good start at their first warm-up match against the Boland Academy at Stellenbosch scoring 288 for the loss of five wickets in just 49.3 overs. The Sri Lankan lads won the toss and elected to bat first. Thisaru Rashmika was included after both coaches decided to have 12 players each for the match with one player bowling and the other batting. Boland Academy scored 284 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Thisaru secured four wickets for 64 runs while Manelker got two wickets. Captain Avishka Fernando had to retire early as he was hit on the… Read More →

Sri Lanka National team T20 Squad – Tour of South Africa

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The selection panel of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has picked a 15 – member squad for a T20 to be played in South Africa. The squad for this T20 delegation has representatives from all regions. Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Seekuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunarathna, Sachith Pathirana, Lakshan Sadakan, and Nuwan Kulasekara are scheduled to fly out to South Africa tomorrow. New on the T-20 the 23-year old Thikshila De Silva, is a hard hitting batsman who is also a right arm paceman. Apart from these players skipper Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva will remain in South Africa to make up the T- 20 squad. The T20 match schedule for Sri Lanka vs South… Read More →

තෙවන ටෙස්ට් තරගය බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා

Sri Lanka bowler Lahiru Kumara (3rdR) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman JP Duminy (L) during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 2, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Afric / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

ජොහානස්බර්ග් හි වොන්ඩර්ස් ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ දී මේ මස 12 – 16 දක්වා පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා දකුණු අප්‍රිකා තුන්වන හා අවසාන පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරගයේ දී පසුගිය දා ලත් පරාජයන් දෙක සම්පූර්ණයෙන් ම අමතක කර තෙවන ටෙස්ට් තරගයේ වැඩි ගෞරවයන් අත්කර ගැනීම අරමුණ විය යුතුවේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ පන්දු යැවීම පිළිබඳ ව සෑහිමකට පත්විය හැකි නමුදු තෙවැනි තරගයේ දී පිතිකරණයේ දී විශාල පෙරළියක් අත්‍යවශ්‍යය.  මෙහි දී ඉදිරි පෙළ පිතිකරුවන් නිදැල්ලේ හැරිය යුතු පන්දුව අතර හැරීම ඉතාමත්ම වැදගත්ය.  පළමුවන හා දෙවන ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකේ දී ම ලංකා පිතිකරුවන් පෙන්වූයේ මේ දුර්වලතාවයයි.  ශ්‍රි ලංකා සාර්ථකත්වයට මේ පිතිකරුවන් දීර්ඝ වේලවක් කඩුල්ලේ රැඳී සිටීම ද අත්‍යවශ්‍ය කරුණකි.  මේ තරගය අඩුම තරමින් ජය පැරදුමකින් තොරව හෝ කෙළවර කර ගැනීමට ක්‍රියා කළ යුතු වේ. දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ වේග පන්දු යවන… Read More →

How prepared was Sri Lanka, and the role of the Head Coach

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews (L) speaks with coach Graham Ford during a practice session at The Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on August 2, 2016. 

Sri Lanka have the chance to seal a first series victory over Australia in 17 years when the second Test begins on August 4, in Galle, with Rangana Herath looking to wreak more havoc on his favourite ground. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

Sri Lanka’s 282-run second Test defeat to South Africa at Cape Town in handing the 3-match series to the hosts last week does raise questions as to the preparedness of Angelo Mathews’ team. They lost the first test at Port Elizabeth by 206 runs with the huge margins does comparatively reflect a marked difference between the two sides. Between the batting and the bowling, the Sri Lankan bowlers fared better than the batsmen restricting the opposition to 286 in the first innings of the first test taking first lease though wilting in the second essay conceding 406 for 6 wickets. But the Sri Lanka’s first innings dismissal for 205 was a factor that undermined the efforts of their bowling counterparts… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under-19 Cricket team tour to South Africa

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Sri Lanka Under-19 Cricket team will leave to South Africa on Sunday evening to play a Youth ODI series against South Africa Under-19 and Zimbabwe Under-19 team, scheduled to begin from 11th January at Stellenbosch. The young cricketers will begin their campaign with a practice match against the Boland Academy at the Spes Bona Cricket grounds in Stellenbosch on January 11th (Wednesday). The Sri Lankan team will play three matches each against both countries at various venues including Wally Wilson Oval, Boland Park and Coertzenberg Oval. The final is to be held on the 28th of January at Boland Park in Paarl. The team will led by by Avishaka Fernando while Kamindu Mendis will be the Vice-Captain for the tour…. Read More →

දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිය ජය ගනී

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (CL) and captain Faf du Plessis (L) celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis during the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 29, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ පෝට් එලිසබත් හි පැවැති ප්‍රථම පස් දින ටෙස්ට් තරගය ලකුණු 206 කින් ද කේප්ටවුන් හි පැවැති දෙවන පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරගය ලකුණු 282කින් ද දැවැන්ත පරාජයන්ට ලක්වෙමින් තරග තුනක ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිය ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දෙවන තරගයේ දී ම පරාජයට පත් වූයේ තරග 2 – 0ක් ලෙසිනි. ලංකා පිතිකරුවන් අඩු ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවන්ට ළඟ ළඟ ම දැවී යන විට දකුණු අප්‍රිකා විස්තර විචාරකයන් පුන පුනාම ප්‍රකාශ කළේ මේ පිතිකරුවන් සෑම විටම විකට්ටුවෙන් එළියට යන පන්දුවලට එළවා පහරදීමට උත්සහ ගන්නේ ඇයි? ඔවුනට කැපවීමක් දැඩි උනන්දුවක් හෝ අවධානයක් නොමැති බව පැහැදිලියි යන්නය.  කවුරුන් කෙසේ කීවත් ලංකා පිතිකරණයේ දුර්වලතා එය බව තරග නරඹන කාටත් පැහැදිලිය.  එම දුර්වලතා සකස් කරගත හැකි වන්නේ ක්‍රීඩකයන්ටම හා පුහුණුකරුවන්ට මිස මාධ්‍යය මගින් හෝ ක්‍රිකට් පරිපාලනයෙන් නොවේ. මේ ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකේ… Read More →

Rabada bowls South Africa to series win

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (L) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal (not in picture) during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 5, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Kagiso Rabada’s six-wicket haul helped South Africa crush Sri Lanka by 282 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Newlands on Thursday (January 5). With the massive victory, South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Rabada, the paceman, took three wickets in two overs and finished with 6 for 55 to as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 224 all out in its chase of 507. South Africa wrapped up the win in less than two hours, claiming the remaining six wickets after Sri Lanka resumed on 130 for 4. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, the overnight pair, saw out the first five overs of the day but Rabada struck soon, triggering a… Read More →

Virat Kohli was super star of 2016, Herath in top 10 list

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli celebrates after winning the fifth and final Test cricket match between India and England at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on December 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Virat Kohli was super star of 2016, Herath in top 10 list;  India No.1 Test XI, Australia No.1 ODI XI By Srian Obeyesekere While Sri Lanka’s spin bowler was the only player from the island nation to bowl himself in to the top ten performers fold, the international cricket year gone by was hogged by India’s Virat Kohli who proved to be the batting phenomenon of 2016, and of course the successor to all time great batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli drove home his status quo by also going a notch further in turning things new succeeding long time Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to cap it in a flamboyance by leading India to finish as the ICC No.1 Test team…. Read More →

Rabada, Philander take South Africa closer to series win

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (2R) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman with teammates during the second Test cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 4, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Home side reduces Sri Lanka to 130/4 at the end of the third day of the Newlands Test in a chase of 507 Kagiso Rabada took the wickets of Kaushal Silva and Dhananjaya de Silva to derail Sri Lanka’s chase Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander took two wickets each as Sri Lanka was left struggling at 130 for 4 in a chase of 507 on the third day of the second Test at Newlands on Wednesday (January 4). South Africa had declared its second innings on 224 for 7 earlier in the afternoon, with Dean Elgar again leading the batting effort. Angelo Mathews (29 not out), the captain, and Dinesh Chandimal (28 not out) were batting at the close, their… Read More →

5th Week Top Performers – SLC Major Tournament 2016/17

Batting Tier “A” Angelo Perera (NCC)                          139*  vs    Galle CC Saliya Saman (Baduraliya SC)           129    vs    SSC Sadeera Samarawickrama (Colts CC)  119    vs     BRC Sandun Weerakkody (NCC)                110    vs      Galle CC   Tier “B” Yohan De Silva (SLPA SC)                  165*  vs      Kalutara TC Maduranga Zoysa (Lankan CC)          127    vs      Kalutara PCC Charith Fernando (Lankan CC)           104    vs      Kalutara PCC   Bowling Tier “A” Sachithra Perera (Moors SC)               7 for 92       vs      Saracens SC Jeffrey Vandersay (SSC)                    6 for 44       vs      Baduraliya SC Chathuranga De Silva (NCC)              6 for 67       vs      Galle CC Prabath Jayasuriya (Colts CC)            6 for 74       vs      BRC Dinuk Hettiarachchi (BRC)                  6 for 115     vs      Colts CC Asanka… Read More →

Elgar, de Kock guide South Africa to 297/6

South African batsman Dean Elgar (C) celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 2, 2017, at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.   / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Dean Elgar’s hundred and a half-century from Quinton de Kock helped South Africa recover from rocky patches to reach 297 for 6 at the end of the first day of the second Test at Newlands on Monday (January 2). Elgar, the left-handed opener, hit a career-best 129, staying calm even as wickets tumbled around him. He shared a vital 103-run partnership for the sixth wicket with de Kock, the duo lifting the side from 169 for 5.   De Kock was batting at 68 at the close, with Kyle Abbott by his side unbeaten on 16. After Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, asked the home side to bat, his seam bowlers took advantage of a grassy pitch and overcast sky. Stephen Cook,… Read More →

2016 ට ආයුබෝවන් කීම

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2016 වසරේ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව පැවැති ආකාරය දෙස ආපසු හැරී බලද්දී ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයන් එතෙර – මෙතෙර පෑ දස්කම් මෙන්ම ක්‍රිකට් සංවර්ධනය උදෙසා පරිපාලනය සිදුකළ මෙහෙයයන් ද පිළිබඳව කතා කිරීම වැදගත්ය. 2016 වසර ආරම්භවන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම සිටියේ නවසීලන්තයේ ය.  එම සංචාරයට ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස්ගේ නායකත්වයෙන් එහි යන විට නායකයා ඇතුළු කිසිඳු ක්‍රීඩකයෙකු මිට පෙර එහි සංචාරය කර තිබුණේ නැත.  2015 දෙසැම්බර් සිට 2016 ජනවාරි මැද භාගය දක්වා අධික ශීත දේශගුණයක් සහිත එරට දී ශ්‍රි ලංකාව ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිය  2 – 0 කින් ද එක්දින තරග 3 – 1 කින් ද පරාජයට පත්විය.  ටී 20 තරග දෙකේ ජය අත්වූයේ ද නවසිලන්තයටය. ඉන්දියාවේ පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත වූ ටී 20 ලෝක සූරතා තරගාවලියට පෙරහුරුවක් ලෙසින් ඉන්දියාව සමග එහි දී පැවැති ටී… Read More →

Greater discipline required by Sri Lankan batsmen

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (R) plays a shot during the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 29, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka’s 206-run first Test debacle must certainly raise question marks in Skipper Angelo Mathews camp. While the Sri Lankan bowlers did a good job dismissing the opposition for 286 in the first innings, the batting floundering for 201 in reply sqaundered the good work of the bowlers, thus putting the onus on them when South Africa batted a second time to declare on an imposing 406 for 6 wickets. Only relative newcomer Dhananjaya played a disciplined innings to top score with 43 followed by skipper Mathews’ 39 with Dinsh Chandimal at the top order unable to convert his 28 in to bigger things. That apart, it was all pathetic with the top four of Dimuth Karunaratne (05), Kaushal Silva… Read More →

South Africa goes 1-0 up after 206-run win

South African bowler Kyle Abbott (CL) and fielder Temba Bavuma (CR) celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman and Captain Angelo Mathews (L) during the fifth and last day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 30, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Kyle Abbott struck the early decisive blows to set up a 206-run win for South Africa on the fifth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park. It took South Africa just 70 minutes and 13.3 overs on Friday (December 30) to claim the remaining five Sri Lankan wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 281, adding just 41 runs to the overnight score of 240 for 5. Abbott dismissed Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, for 59 in the third over of the day, and Dhananjaya de Silva (22) followed four overs later. Both were dismissed leg before wicket by deliveries that would have hit the top of… Read More →