Pakistan Women’s Team win first ODI by 69 runs

Pakistan Womens Cricket Team

The Pakistan Women’s team defeated the Sri Lanka Women’s team by 69 runs in the first of three 50-over internationals at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium today. Pakistan Women totaled 250 off 50 overs and dismissed their Sri Lankan counterparts for 181 off 45.2    overs. A highlight of the match was an unbeaten 113 by Javeria Khan off 142 balls containing 15 boundaries. Chasing 251 for victory at a run rate of 5.09 Sri Lanka recovered from 1 for 0 on a 51-run second wicket alliance between skipper Chamari Atapattu and Nipuni Hansika who was next out for 18 off 25 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Atapattu went on to top score with 46 off 57 deliveries hitting 6 boundaries and a… Read More →

Dinesh Karthik bravado 29 off 8 with last ball six gives India title win over Bangladesh

India wins Nodahas Trophy 2018

HERO NIDAHAS TROPHY FINAL Dinesh Karthik (29, 8b, 2×4, 3×6) rode a trail of bravery bludgeoning 34 off the last two overs to take India to a spectacular last ball win over Bangladesh reaching 168 for 6 off 20 overs in the final to lift the Hero Nidahas Trophy at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday night. Needing 12 off the last over bowled by Soumya Sarkar the first was a wide followed by a dot ball and 1, 4, 1 and the wicket of Vijay Shankar in the fifth ball and the total was 162 for 6. With 5 needed off the last delivery Karthik, who had crossed over, smashed the last ball to mid-off for 6. The penultimate… Read More →

Bangladesh through to final in nail biting finish


Chasing 161 for victory, Bangladesh won by 2 wickets with one ball to spare in a nail biting finish with M. Mahamudullah striking a six off Isuru Udana in the decising match of the Hero Nidahas Triangular T20 Tournament at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday. Needing 12 off the last over bowled by Isuru Udana A boundary and two reduced the deficit to 6 off 2 before Mahamudullah dealt a six in the penultimate ball.  He was on 43. Sri Lanka made 160 off 20 overs. With this win Bangladesh will meet India in the final on Sunday. Akila Dananjaya operating with the new ball struck in the fourth ball of the second over for Sri Lanka removing Liton… Read More →

Do or die contest akin to a final

Mushfiqur Rahim and Thisara Perera

Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh: Sri Lanka meet Bangladesh in do or die contest akin to a final today with the winner qualifying to the final against India at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Only if rain intervenes preventing any play that the finalist will be decided on a faster run rate in which case Sri Lanka will be through having – 0.072 points as against Bangladesh’s – 0.436. India leads with +0.377 points. With both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh having a win each with 2 points each from two outings does see a pendulum swing. That is with Sri Lanka’s hitherto invincibility against Bangladesh taken a dip following the hosts defeat in a cliff hanger. In effect, it has put the… Read More →

India through to final defeating Bangladesh by 17 runs


HERO NIDAHAS TROPHY T20 TRIANGULAR India defeated Bangladesh by 17 runs yesterday to enter the final of the Hero Nidahas T20 Triangular Tournament at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Put into bat, India totaled 176 for 3 wickets in 20 overs and restricted Bangladesh to 159 for 6 in 20 overs. India’s innings revolved around a captains knock of 89 by Rohit Sharma off 61 balls as he rode back to form from a lean run to put his side in command for a final berth with 6 points. He struck 5 boundaries and 5 sixes in his hammer and tong innings leading from the front. Sharma put on 70 for the first wicket in 9.5 overs with Shikhar Dhawan who… Read More →

CCC beat Police by 82; Rest no decisions

SLC PREMIER LEAGUE 50-OVER TOURNAMENT: By Srian Obeyesekere There was only one result oriented match in this week’s fixtures of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier League 50-Over Tournament. All matches were rain affected and played on reduced overs with CCC defeating Police by 82 runs while the Chilaw Marians versus Colts CC and Bloomfield versus Kalutara TC matches ended in no decisions due to the inclement weather. With the game reduced to 25 overs CCC, playing on home grounds totaled 169 in 24.5 overs and bowled out Police for 87 in a Group C match. CCC’s top scorer was P.W.H. de Silva who made 40 off 39 balls inclusive of 5 boundaries. Former Sri Lanka player Ashan Priyanjan struck… Read More →

Saracens shock SSC by 4 wickets, Chilaw Marians beat Galle, NCC defeat Badureliya, Colts beat Army

SLC PREMIER LEAGUE 50-OVER TOURNAMENT Saracens SC, NCC and Colts CC won their respective matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier League 50-Over Tournament. The rest of the matches ended in no decisions. Saracens shocked the strong SSC by four wickets with 8 overs to spare in a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier League 50-Over Tournament match played at the FTZ Grounds, Katunayake on Friday. Chasing 221 to win, Saracens was propelled by a superb century by opening batsman A.D. Solomons who struck 124 off 87 balls containing 16 boundaries and 5 sixes. He put on 43 for the first wicket with R. Gunasekera who held up one end scoring 6. From there Solomons found good support from P.T.M…. Read More →

India recover to win by 6 wickets

Nuwan Pradeep

Chasing 153, India recovered from a shaky 85 for 4 in 10 overs to register a 6-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a rain reduced 19 over match of the Hero Nidahas Trophy T20 Triangular at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Monday. India reached the target off 17.3 overs. Sri Lanka, put into bat, totaled 152 for 8. Manish Pandey struck an unbeaten  42 off 31 balls (3×4, 1×6) and Dinesh Karthik 39 off 25 (5×4) sharing in an unbeaten fifth wicket alliance of 68 runs off 46 balls. Sri Lanka struck two swift blows taking out both India’s big guns skipper Rohit Sharma for 11 and Shikhar Dhawan for 8 in only 3.1 overs to reduce India to 22… Read More →

Bangladesh pull off heart stopping 5 wicket win over Sri Lanka with 2 balls to spare


Bangladesh pulled off a heart stopping 5 wicket win with two balls to spare over Sri Lanka on a 35-ball unbeaten 72  by Mushfiqur Rahim in the third fixture of the Hero Nidahas Trophy Triangular on Saturday at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Needing 9 off 6 at 205 for 5, Rahim  took 2, 4, 2 and 1 off Thisara Perera in a knock containing 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. Put into bat, Sri Lanka scored a record 215 off 20 overs on the back of blistering half centuries by Kusal Janith Perera and Kusal Mendis. Bangladesh was equal to the task posting 74 for the first wicket with Tamim Iqbal striking 46 off 27 (6×4, 1×6) and iton Das 43… Read More →

India atone with 6-wicket win over Bangladesh


HERO NIDAHAS TRI NATION TOURNAMENT: India atoned for the defeat to Sri Lanka by sounding the winning board against Bangladesh by six wickets with eight balls to spare in yesterday’s second match of the Hero Nidahas Tri Nation Tournament at the R. Premadasa Stadium. India made 140 for 4 in 18.4 overs in reply to Bangladesh’s 139 for 8 in 20 overs. The match winners were Shikhar Dhawan who struck his second half century of the tournament while Jaydev Unadkat claimed 3 wickets for 38. Bangladesh were completely outplayed by a superior Indian side as their batsmen and bowlers failed to match the all-round tempo of the opposition that brushed them aside in their opening match of the tournament. Opting… Read More →

NCC worthy Champs by 6 runs over CCC

SLC INTER-CLUB T20 TOURNAMENT NCC emerged champions of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) T20 Inter-Club Tournament defeating CCC by 6 runs in a close final at the P. Saravanamuththu Stadium today. Batting first, NCC totaled an imposing 183 for 7 wickets in 20 overs with opening batsman Banuka Rajapaksa firing 79 off 51 balls and Mahela Udawatte 68 off 50. CCC was all out for 177 in 19.3 overs on a top score of 47 off 26 by Sachith Pathirana, and 42 off 27 by Wanidu Hasaranga. . Following their semi-final routing of Army the previous day on a Lasith Malinga 3-wicket crunch match performance, NCC continued to play like champions. Upfront the 26-year old former Royalist Banuka Rajapaksa set… Read More →

Kusal Janith Perera in blockbuster knock fashions great Sri Lankan victory over India chasing 175

Kusal Janith Perera 66 against India in RPICS

Blockbuster herculean efforts are what sets apart big stage performers as Kusal Janith Perera proved to be reeling off 66 off 34 balls packed with 6 boundaries and 4 sixes. It was the galvanizing tempo in Sri Lanka beating India by 5 wickets with 9 balls to spare in chasing down 175 in a nerve tingling finish to a capacity crowd in the T20 opener of the Hero Nidahas Trophy Triangular at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday. Pinch hitters Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera put the finishing touches in a flurry of shot making; first Shanaka a boundary followed by Thisara Perera a beauty of a straight driven six as Sri Lanka cut down the deficit from 18 to… Read More →

All brothers together at landmark tournament – SLC President

Nidahas Trophy Unveiling

   GLITTERING HERO NIDAHAS TROPHY 2018 UNVEILED The unveiling of the Hero Nidahas Trophy 2018 took on a colourful note at the Taj Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom last evening by the three captains Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma of India and Mohammad Mahamudullah of Bangladesh. It followed soon after the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Thilanga Sumathipala had extolled the family umbrella value in cricket binding Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, and the Sri Lankan captain had exuded an air of team confidence in fronting the Tri Series Tournament. The Indian skipper was hopeful of putting up a wonderful performance in such a wonderful tournament while the Bangladesh skipper hoped to put up a good show and have… Read More →

Rejuvenated Sri Lanka take on India in opener

Kusal Perera celebrates his fifty

2018 NIDAHAS TROPHY T20 TRI SERIES:  A rejuvenated Sri Lanka, fresh from a clean sweep over Bangladesh, basks in an expectant new groove going into the 2018 Nidahas Trophy T20 Day-Night Tri Series Tournament also featuring India and Bangladesh which gets underway on March 6. The strong point that Dinesh Chandimal’s charges will carry to the tournament is the new depth Sri Lanka showcased in routing Bangladesh 2-nil in a rehashed batting order plonked by new Head Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe. Centring on pinch hitters Thisara Perera and Dasun Shanaka taking strike in the pivotal No.3 and 4 numbers richly paid off. Particularly Perera taking strike upfront from a hitherto late order slot that saw the left hander in a reincarnated… Read More →

When the news came that I am to debut, tears came to my eyes – Roshen Silva

Sri Lanka cricketer Roshen Silva reacts after scoring a century during the fourth day of the first cricket Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on February 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Like in cricket’s lifeline player ups and downs, Roshen Silva’s was a long, long wait to make it to the Sri Lanka team. According to Roshen, it was a frustrating wait for the Colts CC player to making his Sri Lanka debut. Roshen had already given up hope of realising that dream that any youngster dreams of. So much so that when Sri Lanka Team Manager, Asanka Gurusinha rang and told him the night before the home third test against India that he had been selected to play, Roshen wanted to cry. The elation was such after quite a long wait. “When Asanka Gurusinha called and told me that I was going to debut against India, I told my wife… Read More →