First Test drawn as Sri Lanka hold on following India comeback on Kohli record ton

Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal (L) celebrates with teammates the wicket of India's Cheteshwar Pujara during the final day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 20, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

‘The Glorious Uncertainties of Cricket’  cannot find a better example of how fluctuating a game could become as in the first Test match between Sri Lanka and  India that saw a pendulum swing from a Sri Lankan domination for more than 3 days to a phenomenal Indian comeback to scenting victory on the final day. That Sri Lanka ended the day on 75 for 7 wickets when the umpires called off play due to bad light reflected what a suspense thriller it was with Sri Lanka who had held a giant stranglehold throughout were put by the Indians on a tight rope to hang on for a draw having been set 231 runs to win in just over two and… Read More →

Sri Lanka make 294 on Rangana Herath’s 67; India 171/1

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath (R) plays a shot during the fourth day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 19, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Humbled for 171 in the first innings and 123 runs in arrears to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 294, India threw caution to the wind preferring to sword edge its way to wiping out the deficit to end the fourth day on 171 for 1 wicket at Eden Gardens, Kolkotta. The openers Sikhar Dhawan (94 and K.L. Rahul unbeaten on 73 put on 166 consuming 37.1 overs in a completely contrasting batting display from the pathetic in the first innings on a wicket that had eased. Dhawan was particularly belligerent rattling up his knock off 116 balls and containing as many as 11 boundaries and two sixes while Rahul’s 73 came off 113 balls inclusive of 8 boundaries. But… Read More →

Sri Lanka 165/4 on half centuries by Mathews and Thirimanne: India dismissed for 172

Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews celebrates after scoring a half-century (50 runs) as captain Dinesh Chandimal looks on during the third day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 18, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Sri Lanka took control of the first Test Match against India closing on a healthy 165 for 4 wickets steered by resolute half centuries by Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews to take a 7-run first innings lead having dismissed India for 172 at the close on the third day’s playmate den gardens, Kolkatta. Mathews made 52 and Thirimanne 51 combining in a solid 99-run alliance for the third wicket. The two experienced campaigners came together with Sri Lanka wobbling on 34 for the loss of 2 wickets having lost openers Dimuth Karunaratne for 8 and Sadeera Samarawickrema for 23 in 6.4 overs. It did open the gate for India to press home that advantage to make it even stevens on… Read More →

Dasun Shanaka claims 2 wickets; India 74 for 5 as rain ends play 2 hours early

Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka (C) celebrates the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane during the second day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 17, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Despite decimating India to 74 for 5 wickets that saw Sri Lanka hold the initiative Sri Lanka was frustrated on the second day as well by inclement weather that forced a premature end with play being called off at 2.30 p.m. of the first test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkota. It was hard on the Sri Lankans who were denied of driving home the great advantage of having broken the back of the frontline Indian batting. In perspective Sri Lanka was in the box seat and rearing to go for the kill having snapped up two more quick wickets courtesy medium paceman Dasun Shanaka’ Gone were Ajinkya Rahane with only 13 runs added to the overnight 17 for 3 making… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket President pays glowing tribute to late Dalmiya at 77th birth commemoration

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Sri Lanka Cricket President, Thilanga Sumathipala took centre stage in paying tribute to the late Jagmohan Dalmiya on his 77th birth anniversary on Tuesday at the Crystal Room at Taj Bengal. Literally revered as the godfather of Indian cricket as well as redefining cash strapped world cricket as an administrator. Delivering the inaugural speech at the solemn commemoration to a packed audience, Sumathipala paid a glowing tribute to Dalmiya, who was born on September 30 and died on September 20, 2015. The SLC President identified Dalmiya as the doyen who championed the cause of cricket as a whole by his highly articulating negotiating skills. It propelled him to be a great administrator who changed the economics of cricket. Such was… Read More →

Suranga Lakmal with 3 for 0 has India reeling on 17 for 3 on weather hit opening day

Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal (L) celebrates after taking the wicket of India's K.L Rahul during the first day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 16, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

On a day when only 11 overs was possible Sri Lankan pace bowler Suranga Lakmal reaped a golden harvest of 3 wickets for no runs to have India reeling on 17 for 3 wickets on a highly overcast opening day’s play of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and India at Eden Gardens, Kolkotta on Thursday. In the sparse time of play that commenced after lunch at 1.38 p.m. Lakmal was to hog the entire spotlight as the lean and lanky athletically built Sri Lankan paceman turned the gloomy day in to gold for himself. There he was spearheading the Sri Lankan bowling attack with first use of the new ball sending back K.L. Rahul, Sikhar Dhawan and prize… Read More →

ACC U-19 ASIA CUP 2017: Afghanistan-Nepal and Bangladesh-Pakistan semi finals: Sri Lanka unlucky despite tying 4 points each with Afghanistan

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Afghanistan and Nepal were two surprise dark horses that made it to the semi finals of the ACCU U-19 Asia Cup 2017 Championship staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The outcome of Tuesday’s match between Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates that saw Afghanistan pull off a huge 134-run victory put paid to Sri Lanka’s hopes of making it to the semi finals of Asia’s showpiece event at the prime teenage level of Asian cricket. Meanwhile, favourites India toppling out of the championship was a tournament surprise where significantly lesser known countries surged in to the semi finals. Accordingly, Afghanistan will play Nepal on November 16 Thursday at the Kinrara Academy Oval, and Pakistan versus Bangladesh on November 17 Friday at… Read More →

ACC U19 ASIA CUP: Sri Lanka win opening match against UAE by 7 wickets

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Sri Lanka U19 XI got off to a promising start in the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) U-19 Asia Cup  winning the opening fixture handsomely by 7 wickets against the United Arab Emirates  in Group B today Friday at the Selongor Club grounds, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Sri Lanka pocketed 2 points to be in second place next to Afghanistan also on 2 points but on a faster run rate in their 7 wicket routing of the more cricket nourished Pakistan. Sri Lanka bowled out the UAE who batted first for 69 in 22 overs with 28 of the allotted 50 remaining. Jehan Daniel with 3 wickets for 14 in 8 overs and Thisaru Rashmika with 3 for 17 were the pick… Read More →

Sri Lanka A returns on triumphant note from the Caribbean

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) drive to harness young talent to the next level of feeding the national grid mainstream team has been impacting! The Sri Lanka A XI did complete a successful tour against the West Indies A recently and returns home on Wednesday on a triumphant note. Skippered by Dhananjaya De Silva Sri Lanka A defeated its Caribbean counterparts 2-1 in the 3-match Test series, and drew 1-all the 3-match ODI series. Significantly, the tour served as a feeding curve for the national selectors keen on stabilizing the mainstream national team in so much as striking the right player balance. Accordingly, the performances of Dhananjaya De Silva with the bat and that of all-rounder Dasun Shanaka did serve as… Read More →

Selectors look for solidity in Dhananjaya, Mathews and Shanaka in 15-member Test squad to India

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Sri Lanka’s 15-member Test squad to India shortly this month has seen a marked change in batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, all-rounder Dasun Shanaka and former captain Angelo Mathews drafted for the out of form Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva and injured Nuwan Pradeep. On paper, the change does see a semblance of balance opted by the selectors headed by Greame Labrooy.  Both Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka have virtually forced themselves in on the merits of some solid performances in the Sri Lanka A XIs 2-1 series triumph against West Indies A in the Caribbean. De Silva, who skippered the side, nudged the selectors strongly to win back a recall on the strength of topping the batting with 260 runs… Read More →

Sri Lanka A beat West Indies A by 2 wickets to continue fine tour run

Sri Lanka A took a 1-nil lead in the 5-match ODI series against West Indies A winning the opening game by 2 wickets a.t the Sabina Park, Kingston on Wednesday. Chasing 178 to win, Sri Lanka A had to dip in to all their reserves to pip the West Indies A. They made 181 for 8 in 48 overs with Charith Asalanka top scoring with 33 and Shehan Jayasuriya remaining unbeaten on 31. The West Indies A batting first made 177 in 47 overswith the Sri Lankan bowlers displaying a well coordinated effort in restricting the host team to a total below 200. Leading the way with the ball were spinners Amila Aponso who claimed 3 wickets for 35 and… Read More →

Sri Lanka lose in nail biting finish after best performance yet

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera (L) celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad (not seen) next to Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (R) during the second Twenty20 series cricket match Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on October 27, 2017 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUT

By Srian Obeyesekere reporting from Abu Dhabi Sri Lanka came up with an impeccable performance and was unfortunate to be stalled at the victory post as Pakistan, requiring 8 off the last 3 balls, scrape through in a nail biting finish with No.9 batsman Shadab Khan striking a six and two to win with a ball to spare reaching the 125-run target for the loss of 8 wickets in 19.5 overs in the second T 20 here at the Sheik Al Sayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Defending 124 runs, Sri Lanka made early inroads claiming two wickets in the space of two balls to reduce Pakistan to 31 for 2 in 4.1 overs. First to go was Fakhar Zaman run… Read More →

Sri Lanka seek new pastures going in to T20 series vs Pakistan

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By Srian Obeyesekere reporting from Abu Dhabi Sri Lanka will seek new pastures locking horns with Pakistan in the T20 form in a bid to put behind the recent ODI series loss. It will be an altogether new draught of air breathed in to the Sri Lanka T 20 side that takes on Pakistan in the 3-match series, the first of which day-night match gets underway today Thursday October 26 at the Al Sayed Abu Dhabi Stadium.. At the helm of things is the dynamic all-rounder Thisara Perera who takes over the captaincy from Upul Tharanga who along with several of the top rung players made themselves unavailable to tour Lahore for the third T20 to be played in Lahore… Read More →

Pakistan win by 9 wickets to take series

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By Srian Obeyesekere reporting from Sharjah Pakistan won the fifth ODI by 9 wickets  wiping off the 104-run target for the loss of Fakhar Zaman’s wicket for 48 with Imam-ul-Haq on 45 and Faheem Ashraf on 5 respectively for a 5-nil series triumph over Sri Lanka on Monday at the Sharjah Stadium.  Pakistan reached the target in 20.2 overs after Sri Lanka was all out just past the halfway mark in 26.2 overs with Man of the Match paceman Usman Khan claiming 5 wickets for 34 runs off 7 overs. The top scorer for Sri Lanka was Thisara Perera who struck 25 off 29 balls having coming in as the eighth batter with the total on 63 for 7. His… Read More →

Sri Lanka face thorny challenge to sound winning board

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By Srian Obeyesekere reporting from Sharjah The challenge cannot loom any thornier for Sri Lanka badly in need of a win to break a straight eleven losses barren run going in to the fifth and final ODI at the Sharjah Stadium on Monday against a highly rampant Pakistan leading 4-nil. The bottom line to the ailing cricket of Upul Tharanga’s charges has been largely due to lack of wholehearted commitment in analytical perspective. Lacking has been a workable  game plan phasing in all three departments of the game. Cricket’s gospel truth like in any sport is the need for cohesion, and in cricket the knitting combinative factor to come on top is necessarily cohesion in the batting, bowling and fielding…. Read More →