Sri Lanka seeks to climb the Test rankings

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ICC Media Release The two-Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan gets underway in Galle on 6 August, with the host aiming to improve its ranking in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table, and Pakistan looking to retain its third position. Pakistan is currently ranked third with 103 ratings points, while Sri Lanka is eight ratings points behind in sixth position, with 95 ratings points. While the final rankings of each team are heavily dependent on the ongoing five-Test series between England and India, both will be aiming for a series win to avoid downwards movement. The five-Test series between England and India will end a day after the series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan finishes. The series between England and India… Read More →

Sri Lanka name Test squad for Pakistan series

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Media Release The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the two test matches against Pakistan. 1.Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2.Lahiru Thrimanne (Vice Captain) 3.Kaushal Silva 4.Upul Tharanga 5.Kumar Sangakkara 6.Mahela Jayawardena 7.Kithuruwan Vithanage 8.Niroshan Dickwella 9.Rangana Herath 10.Dilruwan Perera 11.Shaminda Eranga (Subject to fitness) 12.Suranga Lakmal (Subject to fitness) 13.Chanaka Welagedara 14.Dhammika Prasad 15.Nuwan Pradeep This has been approved by the Hon.Minister.

Lasith Malinga decides to play for Mumbai Indians

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Lasith Malinga had sent a letter on the 15th of July 2014,  wherein he had requested to represent the Mumbai Indian in the Champions League T20 – 2014, The request letter was tabled at the Exco meeting held on the 22 July. As per the Team Participation Agreement of CLT20 – 2014, the decision on which team a player should represent is the sole prerogative of the player himself. Accordingly whilst expressing Sri Lanka Cricket’s preference for Lasith to represent the Southern Express Team at the said event, the Executive Committee left this decision at his sole discretion. Lasith Malinga has informed the CEO Mr. Ashley De Silva that he will… Read More →

South Africa grinds its way to No.1 spot

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South Africa’s tailenders put on a gritty effort that was led by Vernon Philander to fight off Sri Lanka’s spinners to snatch a thrilling draw in the second Test and seal a 1-0 series win at Colombo on Monday (July 28). The series victory ended South Africa’s jinx of 21 years in Sri Lanka, after winning a series in the island in its first tour in 1993. South Africa won the first Test in Galle by 153 runs. Chasing 369 for a win, South Africa was struggling at 148 for 8 in the final session of the Test, but Philander (27 not out) and Imran Tahir (4 not out) hung on in the final nine overs to finish at 159… Read More →

South Africa needs 331 more on final day

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Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, struck half-centuries as Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 229 for 8 to set South Africa a target of 369 on Sunday (July 27), the fourth day of the series-deciding second Test at Colombo. Sangakkara scored 72, his tenth score in excess of 50 this year, while Mathews remained unbeaten on 63. In reply, South Africa lost Alviro Petersen, who fell for a duck, early, when he was caught off Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner before reaching 38 for 1 after 17 overs when stumps were drawn. The visitor now needs 331 more runs off a minimum of 98 overs to be bowled on the final day. Sri Lanka started… Read More →

Dickwella fined and reprimanded

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee and also received an official reprimand after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident on day three of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Cricket Club (SSC) in Colombo. Dickwella admitted to the charge and accepted the sanction imposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees without the need to convene a disciplinary hearing. Through his admission, Dickwella was found to have breached Level 1 Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states: “Where the… Read More →

Sri Lanka well ahead despite Amla ton

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Hashim Amla played a captain’s knock and was unbeaten on 139 but Sri Lanka was the one in the driver’s sear at the second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo on Saturday (July 26). Sri Lanka bowled out South Africa for 282 in its first innings, but Amla did well to keep the hosts at bay for nearly eight hours. It was Sri Lanka’s dynamic spin duo of Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath that left the visitors in a tangle. While Perera took 5 for 69, his second five-for in Tests, Herath finished with figures of 4 for 71. South Africa’s struggles against spin was made more apparent by the fact that aside from Amla, none of the… Read More →

Sri Lanka A beat Ireland by 107 runs to win series

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Sri Lankan skipper Ashan Priyanjana top scored with 111, and received excellent support from Chathuranga de Silva, Mahela Udawatte, and Danushka Gunatilleke. The trio all scored half centuries as their side compiled an imposing 329 for 8 in their 50 overs, benefitting from an excellent pitch and a lightning fast outfield, which offered full value for their strokes. The Sri Lanka top order punished anything remotely loose, striking a total of 49 boundaries, which the Irish attack found difficult to stem. Andrew White showed all his experience to take 1-29 in his 10 overs, while Craig Young bowled excellently to finish with 4 for 44. The Irish reply got off to to the worst possible start as Wednesday’s centurion Stuart… Read More →

Bowlers put Sri Lanka ahead

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South Africa was left facing an uphill task after losing three wickets on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, with the home side dominating the day’s play on Friday (July 25) at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. At stumps, South Africa was 98 for 3, still trailing Sri Lanka by 323 runs. The spin-heavy Sri Lankan bowling attack kept the batsmen quiet, and South Africa will now look to its experienced duo of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers to retrieve the situation. Amla, the captain, was batting on 46 off 134 balls with de Villiers unbeaten on 11. Sri Lanka’s spinners gave their side an early advantage after the batsmen, led by Mahela Jayawardena’s… Read More →

Jayawardene century bolsters Sri Lanka

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Mahela Jayawardene smashed an unbeaten 140 as Sri Lanka regrouped after early strikes to post 305 for 5 on the first day of the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Thursday (July 24). Jayawardene spent nearly six hours at the crease, coming in early after Sri Lanka was on a shaky 16 for 2, having opted to bat first at the SSC ground. In all, Jayawardene hit 16 fours and a six during his 11th century at the SSC, the most by any batsman at a single venue. This was also the 37-year-old batsman’s 34th Test century, and he joined Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara at tied fifth on the list of highest Test century makers. He shared two… Read More →

Sri lanka A defeats Ireland by 28 runs

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Sri Lanka A won Wednesday’s One-Day game at Stormont by 28 runs in the first of three one day matches. Set 284 to win the Ireland innings ended in the final over when Stuart Poynter was caught at short fine leg for a magnificent 109. Ireland finished on 255 all out chasing Sri Lanka A’s total of 283. Poynter shepherded the tail quite magnificently, sharing stands of 61 with Craig Young (26), and 87 with Peter Chase (22*), after Ireland had been reduced to 107 for 7. It was in effect 107 for 8, with Eddie Richardson hors de combat after being struck by a Dushmantha Chameera bouncer. Ireland gave first caps to Peter Chase, Chris Dougherty and Nick Larkin,… Read More →

SLC Under 17 Inter Provincial Tournament 2014 – Final

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Under 17 SLC  INTER PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT 2014 – FINAL 2-Day Match – At MCA Grounds (Toss was won by Central Province) MATCH DRAWN (WESTERN SOUTH WON ON 1st  Innings) Central Province 242 (79.4) Raveen Sayer 85, Naveen Ekanayake 42,Shenal De Silva 3/31, Ravindu Thilakarathne 2/47, Thilan Nimesh 2/49 vs Western Province South  389 (88.5) Kusal Lakthilina 90, Manelka De Silva 84, Himasha Liyanage 72, Rashmika Opatha 36, Ravin Sayer 4/84, Wenuka Galahitiyawa 4/85

SLC Executive Committee Decisions – July 22nd 2014

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Media Release The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held yesterday (July 22nd) made the following decisions. Marvan Attapattu The appointment of Marvan Attapattu as the Head Coach of the National Team was extended until the end of the Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka. Ruwan Kalpage will continue as the Acting Assistant Coach. Nuwan Seneviratne will be appointed as the Fielding Coach for the Pakistan Series. It was decided to call for applications for the post of Head Coach, Fielding Coach and Trainer for the National Team. Medical Advisory Panel The Committee nominated the names of Prof. Arjuna De Silva, Dr. Harindu Wijesinghe, and Dr. Seevali Jayawickrama to be appointed as a Medical Advisory Committee of SLC to help the national… Read More →