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.

Day 2 Bulletin – 2nd Test

First session day 2 India at Green Park Stadium India pile on 535 for 4 at lunch with both overnight batsman back in the hut Resuming on a very strong footing, Dravid and Tendulkhar, were expected to push the score along from 417 for 2 wickets, which incidentally is India’s highest Ever score on day one of a test match. Dravid batting on 85 overnight played some depth nudges used his feat well this morning against pace and spin to reach his 28thcentury, following Gautham Gambir ‘s footsteps by scoring  back to back centuries in this series .Dravid looked well in command by covering the line of Ajantha Mendis’s  variation while punishing anything  loose to great effect. Surprisingly Tendulkhar looked… Read More →

Jayawardena replaces Sangakkara as number-one Test batsman

ICC MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dubai, 22 November 2009 Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena has achieved the number-one ranking in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career after an epic double-century in the drawn first Test against India at Ahmedabad earlier this week. The 32-year-old from Colombo scored a masterly 275 – his sixth double-century in 108 Tests – to leapfrog team-mate Kumar Sangakkara and India opener Gautam Gambhir. Jayawardena, who during his mammoth knock became only the ninth batsman to complete 9,000 Test runs, is just 17 points short of becoming only the 25th batsman overall to reach the 900-point mark which, in ranking terms, is the benchmark… Read More →

SL Development Squad on a Winning Streak

Sri Lanka Development squad out played New Zealand under 19 XI at the Willows, cricket grounds to beat the hosts by 4 wickets at Loburn on Saturday the 21st. The Sri Lankan Development Squad captained by Ashan Priyanjana proved too good for the young Kiwis, who were bundled out for 148. Sajith Pathirana and Thisara Perera excelled in claiming 7 of their opponents wickets, while the Lankan Development squad batsman, led by Lahiru Tirimanna reached the target with 15 over’s to spare. Score summery New Zealand under 19 148 All out Sajith Pathirana 5 for 25 Thisara Perera 2 for 30 Sri Lanka Development squad 150 for 6 wickets in 35 over’s. Lahiru Tirimana 51 Nisham Mazahir 38 Ashan Priyanjana… Read More →

Prasad Ruled Out of 2nd Test

Dhammika Prasad is ruled out of the 2nd Test match against India scheduled for 24th November at Kanpur. Prasad has injured his left hamstring whilst fielding on day 4. MRI scans later revealed a mild Grade 1 strain. Tillekeratne Dilshan also suffered a nose injury whilst being involved in a post match warm up game upon conclusion of the 1st Test match. However, he was treated by an ENT specialist and has recovered. Dilshan will be fit for the Kanpur Test. (VD)

Test Ends in Tame Draw

Sri Lanka grab only the Night Watchman
India came out on day five knowing very well, that a slip between the cup and the lip, Will be dooms day, in saving the first test from their perspective.

Mahela Jayawardena reaches another mile stone

Sri Lanka’s prolific Test batsman Mahela Jayawardena becomes the first Sri Lankan to reache a great mile stone today at Ahmedabad, when he got to a hall mark figure of 9000 Test runs in his illustrious career.