I am very grateful to Bangladesh Cricket Board for requesting me to pen in a few thoughts with regard to the forthcoming triangular, scheduled to be played in Bangladesh, involving my country, host nation Bangladesh and our neighbours India. We have always supported our friendly cricket playing neighbour and close friends Bangladesh in their rightful thirst in achieving cricketing excellence. So many of our national players have played in Bangladesh domestic tournament and many coaches from Sri Lanka have been a part of Bangladesh’s coaching unit both at junior and national level. We have always supported your wonderful country not only as an Asian partner, but considering the passion that Bangladesh has for our beloved game. We are proud that… Read More →
Annual x-mas and New Year party of Sri Lanka Cricket was held on the north lawn of Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo, right across the picturesque Galle face green in grand style with usual pomp and pageantry on the eve of 17th December. This event which was well attended by a gathering of over 250 guests was full of fun and joy. Main function for adults followed children’s party where children took part in a series of fun games and won bonanza of prizes to their delight. Most significant feature of this event is that every child received a valuable gift voucher for the season by courtesy of well wishers. This annual event has indeed over the time helped staff members… Read More →
Sri Lanka Under19s took wing to Johannesburg on Saturday to play in a triangular one day tournament with India and host nation South Africa. The penultimate Tournament before the forthcoming world cup scheduled for January 2010 will consist of, two warm up games and four one day Internationals. Teams will play each other twice and the finals will be worked out at King Edward school ground on the 5th of January. Sri Lanka under 19s captained by Chathura Peries and his deputy Kithruwan Vidanage, are one among the favorites in this year’s under 19s World cup. The team under the watchful eyes of Naveed Nawaz as head coach, Aravinda De Silva as a consultant and Upul Chandana as fielding coach, are… Read More →
India chasing relatively an easy target of 240 got off to a flier as expected. Shewag smashed nine boundaries in no time and in the 7th over the score looked threatening with Shewag on 44 off 28 balls and India on 55. Tendulkhar was a spectator during this on slaught. Welegedera then stuck a big blow having the Indian skipper caught at extra cover by Dilshan for 44, in which Shewag smashed nine breath taking boundaries. Malinga was carted all over the place so was Kulasekera. Around seven P.M we noticed the first sign of dew adding misery to Sri Lanka, already smarting from their very poor batting display. India during the bowling power play of 15 overs got to… Read More →
Sri Lankan Fast Bowler Lasith Malinga will be making his maiden appearance in the ongoing ODI series against India when he will make the field this afternoon for the 3rd ODI to be played at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Malinga was not considered for the first two ODI’s as the Fast Bowler was suffering from a viral infection. Malinga has recovered 100% and is set to unleash his deliveries at the Indian top order at full force. This will be welcome news for the Sri Lankan camp as their bowling ranks are hit with injuries to Thilan Thushara, Muttiah Muralidaran, Dilhara Fernando and the latest victim Angelo Mathews. Team sources also revealed that right arm Seamer, Nuwan Kulasekera will also… Read More →
Sad that Sri Lanka will miss their quality all rounder for the 3rd ODI at Cuttack while India will be minus their big scoring skipper MS Dhony. So far both teams have played fine one day Cricket in their last two outings .For the visitors, the absence of Mathews will be of concern while India have plenty in the bench for Dhony at least from a batting view point .What India will miss is Dhonys’ guidance. Sri Lanka have replaced three players so far during the ODI series due injury. The latest casualty being Mathews who nearly got the visitors home in the first ODI, but made up for the folly by winning the second game with an unbeaten 38… Read More →
Wayamba Allrounder Thissara Perera to be sent as Mathew’s replacement. Match winning allrounder Angelo Mathews will return home due to the strain he suffered to his right quadricep muscle during the match winning innings last night. Sri Lankan team physio Tommy Simsek is predicting a grade 2 tear where the healing time is expected take up to 4 weeks.
Chasing yet another big target both Dilshan and Upul Tharanga got about their business in similar fashion to that of Rajkot just three days ago. Dilshan and his partner Tharanga tore into the Indian attack by cutting, pulling and executing great drives down the ground with great timing .The fifty came up in the seventh over with the Indian captain having no answer in stopping the run feast enjoyed by the dominating willows of the Sri Lankan openers. With no choice left, Dhoni brought in his trump card Harbajan in the eight over with the power play overs in progress. Dilshan like his IPL counterpart Sehwag sets up bowlers, not the other way round where bowlers set up batsman. Dilshan… Read More →
Sri Lanka team management in India revealed to srilankacricket.lk that Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal and offspinner Suraj Randiv are set to make their international debuts this afternoon at Nagpur for the 2nd ODI. Lakmal has earned a place in the side after he joined the team party upon injury to fellow fast bowler Dilhara Fernando. Known for his extra pace and bounce, the management has called upon him to topple the robust Indian top order. Randiv, a genuine offspinner has impressed the tour selectors with his ability to land his offspinners on the seam a trait mastered by Harbajhan Singh. This attribute is seen as a key element to succeed in docile Indian wickets with the additional bounce such a… Read More →
At Rajkot last Tuesday Sri Lanka proved to the Cricket world that they are second to none, despite having to bowl on yet another Indian belter. Speaking to some of our bowlers now on tour in India, they state the obvious, “The pitches are a bowler’s night mare”. Kumar Sangakkara endorsed these views during the presentation ceremony; at Rajkot, of course he phrased it more diplomatically. Sad that Sri Lanka fell short by just three runs, as they lost wickets during the run of play. Many views come in from all quarters when a game is concluded in close contention. One of them, conveyed to us by an ardent fan was worth penning down. The depth overs bowled by Ashis… Read More →
Uncapped Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal is due to take wing to India tonight to join the Sri Lankan squad as cover for injured Dilhara Fernando. 22 year old Lakmal who represents Tamil Union is considered as one of the fastest bowlers in the country.
Fast Bowler Dilhara Fernando has fractured his thumb and is ruled out for 4-6 weeks according to team physio Tommy Simsek. Team management has requested cover for Dilhara and a replacement will be announced shortly. Yesterday, off spinners Muthumudalige Pushpakumara and Suraj Randiv flew to India as replacements for Murali, after the latter was released from the National squad upon completion of yesterday’s ODI in Rajkot. Please stay tuned for further updates.
Sri Lanka in pursuit of a big target of 415 to win the curtain raiser in the five matches one day series against India, got off to a positive start with Dilshan and Upul Tharanga scoring 130 runs in the bowling power play scoring even better than the hosts, who made 107 in the first 15 overs. Both Dilshan and Upul Tharanga played some exquisite strokes after Upul Thranga was given a life by Virat Kohli at back ward of point off Praveen Kumar when the left hander was batting on 10. Dilshan was in the sehwag mode, scoring at will, dispatching the Indian fast bowlers namely Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Ashis Nehra to all parts of the park…. Read More →
Off spinner Muthiah Muralidaran has been ruled out of the 1st ODI being played at Rajkot due to the non recovery of his injury sustained during the 3rd Test match. It is confirmed that the Team Management will release Murali from the rest of the ODI’s in order for him recover from the injury fully. In the advent of his release, Off spinning allrounder Muthumudhalige Pushpakumara will be flown in as cover subjected to Sports Ministry ratification. Sri Lankan team physio Tommy Simsek is of the view that continuous bowling might aggravate his sprain and sufficient rest would speed up the recovery process of his right hand middle finger.
Madhavrao scinda cricket ground at Rajkot has been a happy hunting venue for Yuvraj Singh who has made 246 runs in four outings with two big scores to his credit. The left hander made 79 in the 6th ODI back in 2005, to guide India to a 7 wicket win against Sri Lanka. Thillekeratne Dilshan batting lower down the order, in yester year has fond memories at Rajkot. In 2005 Dilshan made 59 against the hosts and followed up his liking for this venue yet again in 2006/2007, in the second ODI. Dilshan batted alongside Kumar Sangakkara and put on a match winning partnership of 108 runs for the 5th wicket, to resurrect Sri Lanka from a hopeless position, in… Read More →