5th ODI called off due to poor pitch

The curator at the Kotla Stadium in New Delhi got it wrong with his pitch for the final game of Sri Lanka’s long tour of India. The visitors were lucky to get away with only two injuries. Dilshan was badly hurt when a delivery from Ashish Nehera took off from a good length and stuck him a painful blow to his elbow. Jayuasuriya was hit many times on his fingers and his shoulder. It was an appalling sight to see the uneven bounce at Kotla. The curator should not experiment with players. Sangakkara called his batsman back in the middle of the 23rd over watching the ball take off dangerously off the track. The curator will be blamed for the… Read More →

Sri Lanka beaten by the “youth” of India

India in pursuit of 316 to win the series got off to a shocker losing Virendra Shewag for 10 caught by Dilshan off the bowling of Suranga Lakml for 10 with India on 14. Then came wicket number two when Tendulkhar try to hit over top and was caught at cover for 8 to give Sri Lanka her 2nd wicket with India on 23. With Gambir and Kohli at the wickets, Sri Lanka thanks to young Lakmal controlled the Indians but it all went haywire when Lasith malinga’s first over was carted around for 16 runs by Virat Kholi. The onslaught with Gambir and kholi then got underway. The two youngsters played with great authority, nudging the good ball into… Read More →

All eyes on SL middle order at Eden Gardens tomorrow

Sri Lanka will want to put behind their dismal batting display at Cuttack and look ahead at tomorrow’s encounter more optimistically. The visitors do have fond memories of Eden Gardens, a venue that can house 90,000 spectators. Sri Lanka won a world cup match against Mohammed Azharuddin’s Indian side in 1996, by 131 runs, the only surviving member of that great team Jayasuriya, claimed 3 wickets for 12 runs, whilst India’s surviving star Tendulkhar, accounted for 65 runs, out of a paltry 120 for 8 wickets, made by India in reply to Sri Lanka’s big score of 251 for 8. Sri Lanka has played six matches at Eden Gardens since 1990, and boasts of three wins and a no record… Read More →

SLC Chairman’s message to BCB for forthcoming Tri series

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 →

SLC annual x-mas & new year party

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 U19s tour of South Africa for triangular

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 cruise home easily

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 →

Malinga to bolster Lankan attack

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 →

SL minus Mathews look for team balance

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 →

Match winner Mathews to return home

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.

Sri Lanka draw level as Dilshan thumps second hundred on the trot

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 →

Lakmal & Randiv to make debut

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 →

A close encounter predicted at Nagpur tomorrow

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 →