Jerome Jayaratne answers questions from fans via social media

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Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Head Coach Jerome Jayaratne answered questions from fans submitted via our social media platforms. We were overwhelmed with the response from Facebook and Twitter, but we tried to narrow them down to provide a good representation of what many fans were curious about. Questions from Facebook  Q: Eranga Senarath: How are you going to improve the fielding skills of our team and physical fitness of the players?  A: The key to this is just hard work with no short cuts, like a glass of water you only could drink as much as you put into it, the skill training to improve fielding is in motion & the physical training is being handled by Michael Main our trainer who is an… Read More →

Rain washes out fourth day’s play

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Persistent rain prevented any play on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo on Sunday (October 25), with West Indies needing another 224 runs with nine wickets in hand for its first Test win in Sri Lanka. West Indies had reached 20 for 1 with Shai Hope on 17 when rain stopped play on Saturday evening, and the covers remained on the field throughout Sunday at the P Sara Oval. The umpires finally cancelled play for the day at 2.45 pm local time following another inspection of the rain-soaked pitch and outfield. Batting first, Sri Lanka was dismissed for 200, but responded by shooting West Indies out for just 163 before scoring 206 in its second innings to… Read More →

Photos: Presentation Ceremony – Pakistan Under 19 tour of Sri Lanka

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The fifth and final Youth ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was called without a ball bowled. Sri Lanka Under 19s clinch the One Day series 3-0. Sammu Ashan was the leading run scorer for Sri Lanka with 189 runs (avg. 94.50) inclusive of one century while Charith Asalanka and Jehan Daniel captured the most wickets with six (avg 9.83) and five (avg. 9.40) repectively.

Dhammika Prasad strikes after Brathwaite six-for

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Sri Lanka struck early but play was called off after tea due to rain on the third day of the second Test, with the West Indies 20 for 1 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Saturday (October 24). That left the visiting side with 224 more to get after being set a target of 244 to level the two-match Test series. The West Indies bowlers did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 206 in the home side’s second innings, but lost Kraigg Brathwaite in the nine overs possible before close of play. The match will commence 15 minutes earlier on the fourth day to make up for some of the time lost due to rain. Dhammika Prasad gave… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka take unassailable 3-0 lead

Kaveen Bandara’s 91 and debutant Udith Madushan’s 3 for 41 helped Sri Lanka Under-19 beat Pakistan Under-19 by 85 runs in the fourth youth ODI in Colombo, and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Brief Score Sri Lanka U19 216 in 35.5 overs (Kaveen Bandara 91, Kamindu Mendis 39, Thanuka Dabare 25, Lahiru Samarakoon 17, Sameen Gul 3-37, Hasan Mohsin 2-29, Shadab Khan 2-34) Pakistan U19 131 in 29.5 overs (Hayatullah 34, Zeeshan Malik 24, Shadab Khan 23, Udith Madushan 3-41, Lahiru Samarakoon 2-20, Sachitha Jayathilaka 2-11)

Sri Lanka builds lead after bowlers’ good show

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Sri Lanka backed up a strong bowling performance with a solid start with the bat in its second innings on the second day of the second Test. After bowling the West Indies out for 163, Sri Lanka reached 76 for 2 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, an overall lead of 113. Kaushal Silva, the opening batsman, was unbeaten on 31 and had Dinesh Chandimal, unbeaten on 5, for company on Friday (October 23). Dhammika Prasad’s good form continued as he returned figures of 4 for 34, while Dilruwan Perera, the off-spinner, took 3 for 26. Perera took the last three wickets to fall in a second session that was extended by nearly 30 minutes to allow Sri Lanka… Read More →

Sri Lanka ODI squad for Windies series 2015

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Media Release The National selectors together with the Captain and in consultation with the Head Coach has selected the following squad for the upcoming ODI series versus the West Indies. 1. Angelo Mathews 2. Lahiru Thirimanne 3. T.M.Dilshan 4. Kusal Janith Perera 5. Dinesh Chandimal 6. Milinda Siriwardena 7. Shehan Jayasuriya 8. Sachithra Senanayake 9. Jefferey Vandersay 10. Ajantha Mendis 11. Lasith Malinga 12. Nuwan Kulasekera 13. Suranga Lakmal 14. Dushmantha Chameera 15. Dhanushka Gunathileka

Bowlers put West Indies ahead in Colombo

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Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican bagged four wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 200 to put the West Indies in a strong position on the first day of the second Test on Thursday (October 22). Warrican, 23, playing in his first Test, grabbed 4 for 67 off 20 overs, after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo. Eventually, Bad light stopped play when the visitors were 17 for 1 off 5.2 overs in its quest for the first West Indian Test win on Sri Lankan soil. They lost Shai Hope, trapped leg before by Dhammika Prasad, in the very first over for just four. At stumps, Kraigg Brathwaite (4 not out) and… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka squad for 4th One Day against Pakistan

Media Release The Junior National Selectors have named the following squad for the 4th One Day match to be played at SCC of the above tour; 1. Thanuka Dabare 2. Kavin Bandara 3. Kamindu Mendis 4. Sammu Ashan (Captain) 5. Avishka Fernando 6. Sachitha Jayathilaka 7. Visard Randika 8. Damitha Silva 9. Lahiru Samarakoon 10. Udith Madushanka 11. Nishan Peiris 12. Charith Asalanka 13. Lakshan Fernando 14. Dilshan Sandaruwan 15. Promod Maduwantha

Under 19: Sri Lanka win third One Day

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Vice-captain Sammu Ashan and fast-bowler Jehan Daniel helped Sri Lanka under 19s take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series beating Pakistan under 19s by 6 wickets in the 3rd youth ODI at SSC grounds on Wednesday. Pakistan U-19: 173 in 49.4 overs (Hasan Mohsin 43, Awais Iqbal 42 n.o., Umair Masood 20, Charith Asalanka 3/17, Jehan Daniel 3/22) Sri Lanka U19: 177/4 in 40.3 overs (Sammu Ashan 75 n.o., Avishka Fernando 41, Sachitha Jayathilake 22, Hasan Mohsin 2/21)

Sobers-Tissera trophy entrance for all school cricketers & school boys for the Test match is Free

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to invite all School Cricketers & School Boys to come and meet the Worlds Greatest All rounder Sir Garfield Sobers and support the Sri Lankan Team when they play their final test match in the ongoing West Indies Tour of Sri Lanka. Legendary Cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers and former National Captain Michael Tissera will be the Chief Guest at this Sobers – Tissera Trophy match. Entrance for all School Cricketers & School Boys will be free of charge for this special occasion. School Principles are requested to inform the school children to make use of this offer. School Cricketers & School Boys are requested to come in their respective school uniform to receive Free… Read More →

First four-day match ends in a draw

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DAY FOUR The equation was straightforward after New Zealand A declared on the last morning at 229/6, Sri Lanka A needing 342 runs and to weather an attack studded with BLACKCAPS. Video Scorecard The final innings began with a hiss and a roar. A double strike from Colin Munro and Neil Wagner in the half hour before lunch saw Sri Lanka in early peril at 47/3 inside 15 overs, still needing a further 295 at just under five an over. But Sri Lanka steadied, then fought back, with a crunch fourth wicket stand of 176 between Kithuruwan Vithanage (88) and Roshen Silva, who would bring up his well-earned century in the closing chapters of the day. Two quick wickets from… Read More →

Sir Garfield Sobers arrives in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the arrival of Legendary Cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers in Sri Lanka. He will be in the country to witness the up coming 2nd Test Match against the visiting West Indies. Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Sidath Wettimuny, Vice President Kushil Gunasekara, Secretary Prakash Schaffter, CEO Ashley De Silva & Head of Cricket Operations Carlton Bernadus was at hand to welcome Sir Garfield Sobers at the Taj Samudra. The ongoing Sri Lanka and West Indies series was named after Sir Sobers and former Sri Lankan Cricketer Michael Tissera.

Under 19: Sri Lanka squad for the 3rd ODI against Pakistan

Media Release The Junior National Selectors have named the following squad for the 3rd One Day match to be played at NCC of the above tour; 1. Thanuka Dabare 2. Kavin Bandara 3. Charith Asalanka (Captain) 4. Shammu Ashan (Vice Captain) 5. Promod Maduwantha 6. Sachina Jayathilaka 7. Visard Randika 8. Damith Silva 9. Jehan Danial 10. Geethal Malinga 11. Lahiru Samarakoon 12. Ravin Sayer 13. Kamindu Mendis 14. Avishka Fernando 15. Dilshan Sandaruwan