Rain saves Sri Lanka under 19s at Dambulla

Today in Dambulla Pakistan under 19 skipper Azeem Ghumman  won the toss against hosts Sri Lanka under 19s,and took lease of the perfect batting strip. The Pakistani batsman was at their best today. The Sri Lankan bowling in both pace and spin was far below par. The order of the day for Sri Lankan bowlers was much to be desired. They bowled short gave their counterparts plenty of loose deliveries to make merry on a placid pitch. Babar Azam made a brilliant 127 in 142 deliveries with 14 fours. The young opener was ably supported by Shazaib Ahmed who made a patient 50. Muzamil Nizam batted skill fully by taking the singles, making the two’s into threes and ended up… Read More →

SL Vs Ind 3rd Test Day 1

Sri Lanka captain called tails to win his first toss of the three match test series against India at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai this morning. Sri Lanka made one change to the side that lost to India in Kanpur last week. Nuwan Kulasekera replaced Ajantha Mendis. The home team selected Tamil Nadu’s M.Vijay ,for Gautham Gambir who excused himself from this test due to his sister’s wedding. Sri Lanka’s openers Tharanga Paranavithana and TM Dilshan got the visitors to a good start by putting away the short and wide deliveries, and punching all the well pitched up balls to both sides of the wickets. Paranavithana looked more composed in his stroke play this morning. Dilshan his usual self going… Read More →

Pakistan Under 19s and Sri Lanka Under 19s battle for supremacy in Dambulla today

Sri Lanka who got the better of Bangladesh in their first outing will play host to a strong Pakistani line up at the Rangiri Dambulla stadium today. The limited over encounter is scheduled to get underway at 10am. Sri Lanka excelled against Bangladesh thanks to an excellent batting display by Trinitian, Akila Jayasundera and Mahindian Romesh Buddika, the pair batted with maturity. Akila made 82 while Romesh an unbeaten 54.  In pursuit of 212 for victory, the home team reached the target with the D/L method due bad light. Pakistan too won their encounter with Bangladesh in their first outing at Pallekela last Saturday. The Duckworth Lewis method came into the equation yet again due poor light.  Pakistan certainly looked… Read More →

Tamil Union seal Top spot with spin to win Tier “A” limited over Final

Tamil Union skipper Sajith Fernando had no hesitation in electing to bat after winning the toss at the SSC in their limited over Tier “A” finals against arch rivals Chilaw Marians Tamil Union suffered an early loss in the 3rd over of the day’s play, when prolific run scorer sajith Fernando was run out for 8. The lads from the Colombo oval were in deep trouble with  4 top order batsmen back in the hut  with the score on 73.The SSC pitch does a bit in the first hour of play. Gayan Wijekoon and Saminda Eranga exploited the given conditions to keep their opponents from scoring freely, by bowling wicket to wicket from both ends. Saminda Eranga  the third seamer… Read More →

Sri Lanka Beat Bangladesh by 20 runs in D/L Method

By Brian Thomas The second game in the Tri-Nation Under -19s tournament between hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh got underway at the Rangiri Dambulla International stadium this morning. Bangladeshi captain Mahmudul Hasan decided to take first lease of the pitch after winning the toss. The hosts got off to a steady start with both openers Anamul Haque and Amit Majumder  pushing the score along with  some very sensible batting. It was a surprise Dambulla being the dry zone experienced unforeseen cloud covers shortly after start of play. The two young Bangladeshi openers put away the bad balls, rotated the strike well to reach 46 runs in the tenth over with  all wickets intact. Sri Lanka skipper Chathura Peiris stuck in… Read More →

Sri Lanka will Rethink their Combination for Mumbai Test

By Brian Thomas Sri Lanka will work very hard to iron out the grey areas that cost them the test at Kanpur. Sangagkara is well aware that his front line batsmen need to bat for longer periods of time. Application and concentration will be his key advice to his top order batsmen. Sri Lanka has a top class batting line up. This was evident at Ahmadabad when the Sri Lankans made 742 runs in their first essay. The batting at Kanpur lacked the much needed application. MS Dhoni the Indian skipper admitted that winning the toss was vital. We fully agree with his statement; however India must be given all the credit for their sterling performance with both bat and… Read More →

Pakistan Under 19 win by 68 runs with bonus point

Pakistan captain Azeem Ghumman won the toss in the lung opener of the under 19 Youth Tri Nation game against Bangladesh at the Pallekelle International Stadium. The Pakistanis decided to bat first on the newly laid pitch. Pakistanis were bowled out in the 49th over for 211. Their top order batsmen got good starts, however none of the youngsters went on to make big scores. They lost their skipper Azeem Ghumman cheaply for 4 runs. Young Bangladeshi seamer Abdul Hassan bowled with a lot of venom up front by moving the ball both in the air and off the pitch under overcast conditions. He was also guilty of bowling too many short balls which the Pakistani batsmen were able to… Read More →

Pakistan under 19 win Practice game by 42 runs

The Pakistan under 19 team,dished out an excellent display at the newly re layed Dharmaraja turf when they played against Sri Lanka under 19 Chairmans X1 2nd team in Kandy yesterday. Pakistan who took first lease of the pitch were impressive.Baber Azam scored a century while his cousin Hammad Azam made an impresive 83. Pakistan in their 50 overs made 251 for 5 wickets. Sri lankan bowlers lacked the much needed penitration.Lahiru Jayaratne got among the wickets  with 2 for 56. Sri Lanka youth got off to a dream start. openers put on 83 runs for the first wicket. With spin being introduced they collapesed to 6 for 112.Akushu Fernando then did the consolidating job for Sri Lanka Chairmans X1. The youngster from… Read More →

BANGLADESH U19 TEAM WIN BY 115 RUNS

Sri Lanka under 19 squad played two practice matches yesterday in Kandy. The Selectors have their work cut out, since some youngsters who were not selected for the first two matches impressed. At the newly constructed venue at Pallekela, Sri Lanka’s under 19 Chairmans eleven were comprehensively beaten by the Bangladesh under 19 side by 115 runs with the duck worth lewis formular being used due bad light.Andri Berenger who captained Chairman X1 will be dissapointed with his teams performance. Bangladesh who took first lease of the newly laid pitch made merry, thanks Sri Lanka’s poor bowling coupled with ordinary ground fielding.It is a practice game however it’s pertinent that the youngsters make use of given oppotunities. The bowling was ordinary to state… Read More →

Sri Lanka Will Bounce Back in Mumbai

By Brian Thomas Sri Lanka were humiliated at Kanpur. They lost the 2nd test by an innings and 144 runs. This is Sri Lanka’s worst defeat to India, the previous being in Lucknow by an innings and 119 runs back in 1994. To give away 642 runs to the hosts  in the first innings was just too much to say the least.417 runs on day one was mainly due to poor catching and the bowling being taken to task by an excellent display of quality batsmanship by Gambir, Dravid and Shewag. Muralitheran, Mendis and Herath went for plenty on a good batting track. Sri Lanka’s batting was very poor. They lacked application and were caught playing from the crease. It was… Read More →

Pallekele Stadium Officially Declared Open

By Brian Thomas Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket Mr D.S.De Silva together with the Governor Of Central Province  Hon Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Chief Minister of Central Province Hon Sarath Ekanayake graced the occasion. The clergy invoked their blessings, at the soft opening ceremony. The ground is well constructed and the outfield is spread with a special layer of grass namely “Santana Cooch”.This variety is of Australian origin and is sourced from the Victoria Golflinks situated close to the stadium. National curator Anuruddha Polonowita who briefed the media stated that this venue has ten center pitches. This picturesque venue will also have twenty practice wickets outside the ground, behind the main pavilion. Pallekele will play host for two world cup matches in 2011.The final pace of construction… Read More →

2nd Test, day 3 at Green Park in Kanpur

Trailing by 576 runs with Dilshan out without scoring, Kumar Sangagkara will be regretting that he lost a vital toss on day 1. The pitch at Kanpur played well on day one but showed signs of bounce and turn in the second session of play yesterday.