Sri Lanka goes down fighting to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe cricketer Hamilton Masakadza (R) plays a shot as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal looks on during the second One Day International (ODI) cricket match in the Tri-Nations Series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

A cameo late rally innings by Thisara Perera of 64 off 37 balls packed with 5 boundaries and 3 sixes saw Sri Lanka lose by a narrow 12 runs chasing 291 to win in their opening match against Zimbabwe in the Tri Nation Series in Dhaka yesterday. Having taken strike with Sri Lanka on 157 for 4 wickets at the fall of skipper Angelo Mathews for 42, Perera rallied Sri Lanka through a fifth wicket partnership of 27 with Dinesh Chandimal (34). But from there he fought a virtual lone battle after Asela Gunaratne had departed for 4 with the total on 194. The hard hitting all-rounder forged a seventh wicket alliance of 30 runs with Wanidu Hasaranga as Sri… Read More →

Colts, Badureliya, Chilaw Marians and Ports Authority in outright wins

Outright wins were recorded by Colts, Badureliya, Chilaw Marians and Ports Authority while Ragama CC would be rueing a late declaration that cost them victory against Moors in the Tier A Major League Tournament during the last week-end. The other drawn encounter was the CCC versus Bloomfield match. Colts trounced Saracens by 226 runs in a Group A match at their home turf. Batting first, Colts made 246 with P.A.R.P. Perera top scoring with 92 and W.I.A. Fernando 72. D.K.R.C. Jayatissa took 5 for 51 and S.K.C. Randunu 3 for 78. Saracens were bowled out for 152 with K. Anjula claiming 4 for 38 and N.G.R.P. Jayasuriya 3 for 42. Colts made 277 in the second essay. Set 391 to… Read More →

Sri Lanka U19s start world Cup campaign on a winning note

Sri Lanka Under 19 team - 2018 ICC CWC New Zealand

Opening batsman Dhananjaya Lakshan struck a 120-ball 101 and Skipper Kamindu Mendis a run a ball 74 sharing in a record highest wicket alliance of 157 for the fourth wicket in ODIs to steer Sri Lanka to an emphatic 3-wicket win over Ireland in a rain-reduced 48-over Under-19 World Cup match in Whangarei, New Zealand. While Lakshan decked himself in brilliant three figure honours, Mendis capped an all-round performance having claimed 3 for 35 in reducing Ireland to 207 for 8 from a healthy 73 for no loss and 145 for 4 batting first on the toss. Lakshan’s knock spanned 151 minutes and was studded with 8 boundaries and a six while Mendis’ run a ball innings came in 98… Read More →

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh poised for test of strength with Zimbabwe breathing down

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TRI NATION ODI SERIES The tri-nation ODI series featuring Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, from January 15 to 27 will generate keen interest. While Sri Lanka and Bangladesh go in to the series having drawn 1-all   when they last met in 2017 in Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe registered a 3-2 maiden series win against Sri Lanka in 2017. Sri Lanka does hold a tournament leverage having won the previous tri-series when the same teams met in Bangladesh in January 2009. Bangladesh will play Zimbabwe in the tri-series opener in Dhaka where all seven day-night matches, including the final, will be held. Each side will face each other twice during the league stage. The triangular does carry a significant element in the… Read More →

MAJOR LEAGUE TIER B: Galle CC drub Police by 10 wickets, others drawn

  Galle CC drubbed Police by 10 wickets in a Tier A match of the Major League Tournament during the week while the remaining three matches between Panadura and Lankan CC, Kurunegela YCC and Kalutara TC and Air Force and Navy were drawn. At Police Park, Galle CC shot out Police for 95 with R.M.G.K. Sirisoma claiming 5 wickets for 24 and W.L.P. Fernando 5 for 49. Galle CC rattled up 315 for a first innings lead of 220. K.H.R.K. Fernando made 65, W.L.P. Fernando 64 and D.N. Hunukumbura 53. N.Vimukthi took 6 for 103. Police just managed to avoid an innings defeat totalling 228 in the second innings. Chief scorers were N. Vimukthi 65 and R.M.T. Dilshan 64. R.M.G.K…. Read More →

Mathews named long term ODI/T20 captain; Chandimal recalled

Angelo Mathews appointed as Limted Over Captain

Former captain Angelo Mathews was reappointed Sri Lanka’s ODI and T20 captain by the national selectors in a move that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala described as a roundly unanimous decision by the national selectors on the recommendations of Head Coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe and SLCs management headed by CEO Ashley de Silva. The whole exercise was based on the new coach’s new strategy of a short term, medium and long term plan of optimising the national team to winning heights. Hathurusinghe chipped in to say that ‘I thought Mathews is the best person to captain the ODI team.’ My only concern is player fitness, but we have a long term plan in place,” he grated. Mathews, aged 30,… Read More →

MAJOR LEAGUE TIER B: Negombo CC and Kalutara CC match ends in a tie, Other matches drawn

The third week matches of the Major League Tier B Tournament produced a thrilling tie between Negombo CC and Kalutara CC at Kadirana grounds, Gampaha. The rest of the three matches between Lankan CC and Kurunegela YCC, Panadura SC-Navy and Air Force-Police ended in no decisions. The Negombo CC versus Kalutara CC encounter reached a climax when Kalutara CCC, needing 235 to win, was bowled out for 234 with both sides tied on identical scores. Negombo CC, opting to bat first on winning the toss, totalled 221 and 208 for 8 wickets declared to which Kalutara CC responded with 193 and 234. W.P.S. Fernando top scored with 89 for Negombo CC in the first innings with B.M.P. Jayamanne stroking 54…. Read More →

MAJOR TOURNEY TIER A: Chilaw Marians rout Army, Ports Authority trounce Badureliya

Chilaw Marians routed Army by an innings and 197 runs in a Group B match while Sri Lanka Ports Authority trounced Badureliya by 139 runs in the Major League Tier A Tournament during the week-end. The remaining fixtures between SSC and CCC, Bloomfield and Moors, and Tamil Union and BRC were drawn. At the FTZ grounds, Katunayake, in a Group B match, Chilaw Marians, taking first lease, went on a run spree amassing 545 with B.O.P. Fernando slamming 196 and G.S.N.F.G. Jayasuriya 118. Army was bowled out for 160, and following on for 188. The destroyer was Sri Lanka spin bowler Malinda Pushpakumara who claimed 6 wickets for 56 in the first innings and followed it up with 3 for 69… Read More →

Changing player approach the key to arresting decline, and it’s strictly cricket business – Hathurusinghe

Chandika Hathurusingha at Coaching Session

New Sri Lanka Head Coach Chandika Hathursinghe got down to brass tacks in his first training session with his charges yesterday at the R. Premadasa Stadium driving home the message that players must fall in line or part while stressing that his overall focus would be the 2019 World Cup on optimising player skills of what he had identified as a potential cast to coming out of a stagnating cocoon to doing the right thing. The 49-year old former Sri Lanka, Moors and Tamil Union all-rounder, who has graduated to be ranked among the top three contemporary international coaches, identified this as the main bane. He was addressing the media soon after. He stressed that the name of the game… Read More →

Major League Tier A Tournament: CCC and NCC in outright wins

CCC trounced Colts by an innings and 158-runs in a Group A match on their home grounds while NCC coasted to a 5-wicket win over BRC in a Group B match during the third week’s matches of the Tier A Major League Tournament. The rest of the three matches ended in no results. Saracens SC came close to humbling the more fancied Ragama CC falling short by 35 runs with 5 wickets in hand at Thurstan grounds while SSC was stalled by Bloomfield, and the Tamil Union versus Army encounter was a high scoring affair at Panagoda. The architect of CCC’s victory was P.W.H. de Silva who came up with a superb all-round performance claiming 8 for 26 and scoring… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s bowlers fight back, but batting mind set a setback as India take T20 series

Sri Lankan bowler Dushmantha Chameera (R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Indian cricketer KL Rahul during the third T20 international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on December 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Sri Lanka did well to stretch India in the third and final T20 losing by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Having been put in to bat, Sri Lanka’s batting did not live up to expectations totalling 135 for 7 in 20 overs. The setback consequently saw India tightrope it to victory. The Sri Lankan bowlers fought back reducing India to 17 for 1, 2 for 39, 3 for 81 and 4 for 99, but the wall of runs was within the opposition’s reach with the steadying influence of skipper Rohit Sharma’s 27, M.K. Pandey’s 32 with K.D. Karthik on 18 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 16 finishing it on 139 for 5 off 19.2 overs…. Read More →

Thisara’s gamble fails as India amass 260/5 on Sharma’s record ton as Lanka lose

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) takes a run during the second during the second T20 international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on December 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

By Srian Obeyesekere With the exception of the first three batsmen Niroshan Dickwella (25), Upul Tharanga (47) and Kusal Janith Perera (77),  the rest of the Sri Lankan specialist batsmen must rue their inability to have come good in the second T20 that India won on a massive 260 for 5 wickets. The mountainous Indian total certainly was a tall order for Sri9 Lanka, but it was lamentable that Sri Lanka collapsed from 155 for 3 wickets to 172 all out in 17.2 overs.   Kusal Janith Perera’s half century off 37 balls and in 43 minutes inclusive of 4 boundaries and spiced with a rain of 7 sixes was a fantasic effort as the left hander put on 102… Read More →

New Head Coach Hathurusinghe confident of optimising available talent

Sri Lanka’s long, long quest to fixing the right team balance happily culminated yesterday in the hiring of the ideal Head Coach in the own home grown local expertise of Chandika Hathurusinghe as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala put it on a day the final touches found Hathurusinghe airing that he was highly positive of delivering on the heartening available rich player talent with Sports Minister, Dayasiri Jayasekera giving a timely reminder to the local media that it was solely criticism oriented while ignoring the facts of Sri Lanka’s victory achievements against South Africa (T20 in South Africa), Australia (T20 in Australia), Zimbabwe (Tests, ODIS & T20) and Pakistan (Tests away). Significantly, prominence was given to prioritizing the… Read More →

India win opening T 20 by 93 runs

Sri Lanka's Asela Gunaratne (L) attempts a catch off India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the first T20 cricet match between India and Sri Lanka at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack  on December 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Sri Lanka lost the opening T 20 match to India by 93 runs at Cuttack yesterday. Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera’s regular faith in putting the opposition in to bat on winning the toss backfired with India piling up their highest ever T20 total of 180 for the loss of 3 wickets in 20 overs. India’s run orgy was mounted by K.L. Rahul who struck 61 off 48 balls inclusive of 7 boundaries and a six. The first wicket realised 38 in 4.6 overs when skipper Rohit Sharma exited for 17 caught by Dushmantha Chameera off Angelo Mathews. Rahul went on to post 63 for the second wicket with S.S. Iyer who made 24 off 20 balls striking 3 boundaries…. Read More →

Major League Tier A Tournament : NCC and SSC outright wins, Chilaw Marians – BRC tie

The second week’s league matches of the 2017-18 Major League Tier A Tournament saw NCC register a 10-wickt win over Tamil Union in a Group B match while SSC beat Saracens by 7 wickets. The match between Chilaw Marians and BRC was tied in a high scoring affair at the FTZ grounds Katunayake while the three drawn matches were between           Ragama CC and Colts CC, Moors versus CCC and Ports Authority versus Army. DHAMMIKA PRASAD BACK ON BLOCKS;KUSAL MENDIS 177 Two noteworthy features was the appearance of ace Sri Lanka fast bowler Dhammika Prasad back on the blocks from long injury lay off claiming 4 wickets for SSC and of course, a pleasing 177 runs by Kusal Mendis for CCC… Read More →