Timely action helped avert major financial fraud – SLC’s Competent Authority

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The Competent Authority of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Mr. Kamal Pathmasiri addressing the media on Thursday  emphasized the fact that timely action by the top brass of SLC had enabled to thwart what would have been a major financial fraud had the culprit or culprits succeeded in pulling it off. Commenting on the issue at the SSC Marquee at a press briefing to enlighten the media on the foiling of the attempted embezzlement of US $ 5.5 million of SLC’s media rights sponsorship funds due from Sony TV, Mr. Pathmasiri said, “We have been very transparent on this. I must say that the chief executive officer and chief operations officer of Sri Lanka Cricket acted very promptly to foil the… Read More →

Sri Lanka all keyed up for showpiece event – Asia Cup 2018 – Skipper Mathews

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Identifying the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) organized Asia Cup as the mega showpiece of Asian cricket that is the stage that pits the cream of Asia for trophy honours, Sri Lanka Captain Angelo Mathews said, “it is a very important tournament and today all countries are equally good. We Sri Lankans are eagerly looking forward to the 2018 edition that will commence on September 15 with Sri Lanka taking on Bangladesh in the curtain raiser. I have got the best team and do look forward to mounting a formidable challenge for the championship stakes.” Following are excerpts of the exclusive interview by the Lankan skipper to Sri Lanka Cricket’s website www.srilankacricket.lk: (Q). The traditional Asia Cup has been the illuminating cricketing… Read More →

Sri Lanka well prepared and Malinga an important cog for Asia Cup – Head Coach

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On the eve of the departure of the Sri Lanka team for the 2018 Asia Cup, Head Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe said that he was very happy with Sri Lanka’s preparations for the upcoming Asian cricketing extravaganza. Speaking at the team’s pre departure press briefing at the SSC Marquee on Wednesday, he quipped, “We don’t take any team lightly and we have focused on aspects such as the dew and wet wickets which are the swaying challenges I see,” he said. Commenting on the balance of the 16-man squad, Hathurusinghe said it was well blended. On the inclusion of champion fast bowler Lasith Malinga, he said, “I believe that Malinga fits into our equation for this tournament. He is one of… Read More →

India Women romp to 9-wicket win in opening ODI

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India Women romped to a 9-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka Women on Tuesday in the first of the 5-match ODI series played at the Galle International Stadium. Having dismissed the Sri Lankan lasses for 98 in 35.1 overs, the Indian lasses strolled to victory in only 19.5 overs with opening batsman S. Mandhana striking an unbeaten 76 off 73 balls. She struck 11 boundaries and 2 sixes and was associated in a 96-run alliance for the first wicket with P.G. Raut who made 24. Raut was dismissed by Inoka Ranaweera with the visitors within three runs of victory. Sri Lanka Women, having elected to bat on winning the toss, lost wickets at regular intervals and were 6 for 49 in… Read More →

India Women’s tour of Sri Lanka: Both captains express confidence

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The Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket team and India Women’s Cricket team will meet in a 3-match ODI and 5-match T20 series. The series commences with the first ODI commencing on September 11 at the Galle International Stadium. At the press conference held to announce the series at the Colombo Hilton Residencies on Saturday the two captains Chamari Atapattu of Sri Lanka and Mithali Raj of India expressed confidence of playing positive cricket. Sri Lanka Women’s Captain, Chamari Atapattu said that she was confident of her team playing good cricket during the 3-match ODI and 5-match T20 home series against their Indian counterparts. Meanwhile, Indian skipper Mithali Raj said that she was confident of her team displaying winning all-round talent for… Read More →

Colombo beat Dambulla by 7 wickets to emerge SLC T20 2018 Champs on Tharanga ton

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Upul Tharanga thrashed a rollicking 54-ball unbeaten 104 in firing Colombo to the SLC T20 League 2018 Championship title by an emphatic 7-wicket triumph over Dambulla in the final played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Tharanga’s exhilarating knock was laced with as many as 9 sixes and 6 boundaries as he took the Dambulla bowling attack to the cleaners as Colombo made 167 for 3 wickets in 18.2 overs in reply to Dambulla’s 163 for 8 in 20 overs. Tharanga finished the decisive contest smacking Isuru Udana for a boundary. With him was Shehan Jayasuriya on a fine 35 off 22 balls containing 3 boundaries and a six. Dambulla, batting first maintained a run rate of… Read More →

Kandy and Dambulla win: A Colombo-Dambulla final

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Dasun Shanaka fired a superb century as Kandy registered their second successive win in two days defeating Galle by 5 wickets with four balls to spare on Thursday following the emphatic 7-wicket win over Colombo the previous day while Dambulla beat Colombo by 5 runs in the SLC T20 League 2018 matches worked out at the Pallekelle International Stadium, Kandy. Accordingly, Colombo, with four wins from six matches will meet Dambulla who also registered four wins, in the final on Sunday, September 2 at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Kandy and Galle won two matches each. Shanaka clobbered a 52-ball unbeaten 105 packed with 13 boundaries and 5 sixes as Kandy finished on 199 for 5 wickets in 19.2 overs chasing… Read More →

Kandy in upset win over Colombo, Galle beat Dambulla by 38 runs

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Kandy came from behind to stop Colombo’s unbeaten run by pulling off a superb 7-wicket win while Galle beat Dambulla by 38 runs in the SLC T20 League 2018 matches worked out on Wednesday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. In the first match, Galle, batting first, totaled 163 for 8 wickets in 20 overs and restricted Dambulla to 125 for 9 in 20 overs. Opening batsman Kusal Mendis top scored with 58 off 32 balls inclusive of 4 sixes and 4 boundaries for Galle. Angelo Perera made 34 off 32 balls with 2 boundaries. Off spinner Amila Aponso was the pick of the bowlers for Dambulla claiming 3 for 22. Dambulla’s run chase of 164 for victory was… Read More →

Colombo maintain unbeaten run with successive wins; win each for Galle and Dambulla

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Colombo chalked up successive wins in their two matches against Dambulla by 3 wickets and Galle by 7 wickets respectively in maintaining their unbeaten record from four outings in the SLC T20 League 2018 matches worked off on Saturday and Sunday at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. Meanwhile, Galle won their first outing against Kandy by 7 runs while Dambulla atoned for their previous day’s loss by defeating Kandy by 6 runs in their second encounter. In the first encounter, Galle batting first totaled 193 for 5 in 20 overs with skipper Dimuth Karunaratne top scoring with a forceful 80 off just 49 balls inclusive of 12 boundaries and a six while Kusal Mendis made 40 off 28 containing 3… Read More →

Colombo win over Kandy in thriller; Dambulla rout Galle

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The SLC T20 League 2018 match between Colombo and Kandy ended on a thrilling note after it was tied on totals of 188 each at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday. It led to a super over being bowled with both sides tying again on 5 each and Colombo was declared winners on the basis of the most number of boundaries scored. In the other match, Dambulla strolled to an easy 95-run win over Galle. The Colombo versus Kandy game went down to the wire with Colombo totaling 188 for 5 wickets in 20 overs on two fine knocks by Shehan Jayasuriya who made 63 and Upul Tharanga 62. Kandy replied with 188 for 7 with Lahiru Thirimanne top scoring… Read More →

Colombo beat Galle by 90 runs; Dambulla defeat Kandy by 18

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SLC T20 LEAGUE KICKS OFF: Colombo and Dambulla won their respective opening matches over Galle and Kandy respectively in the SLC T20 League 2018 worked off at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday. In the first day-night match, opening batsman Upul Tharanga starred in a whirlwind unbeaten knock off 124 runs off 67 balls striking 11 sixes and 5 boundaries as Colombo trounced Galle by 90 runs. Tharanga launched his run assault on the Galle bowlers in lifting his side from a shaky 34 for 3 wickets to 197 for 5 from 20 overs at a run rate of 9.85. Galle were bowled out for 107 in 19.2 overs with off spinner Akila Dananjaya reaping 3 wickets for 13 runs… Read More →

Malinga, ‘Will know how I’m going after first two matches’

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SLC T20 LEAGUE 2018 – CROSS SECTION OF PLAYERS VIEWS: A cross section of players, who will be performing in the SLC T20 League 2018 starting tomorrow, aired their views to Sri Lanka Cricket’s website www.srilankacricket.lk as to how they looked forward to the action in the middle. Former champion bowler Lasith Malinga said that he cannot commit himself into saying anything as to how he would perform in the upcoming SLC T20 League 2018 until he had got a feel of things. “I cannot say anything as to how good my progress will be until I perform in the first two matches of the upcoming SLC T20 League 2018,” quipped former champion bowler Lasith Malinga. Malinga, who is in… Read More →

SLC T20 League 2018 a window for young players to impress – SLC CEO, Ashley de Silva

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The SLC T20 League 2018 was launched on Friday at the Hilton Colombo Residencies. Four teams Colombo, Dambulla, Galle and Kandy will be in the fray in the 12-day tournament which will commence on August 21 with the finals to be played on September 2. Colombo will be captained by Dinesh Chandimal, Dambulla by Thisara Perera, Galle by Suranga Lakmal and Kandy by Angelo Mathews. Each team comprises of a 21-member squad. A significant feature of the tournament will be giving young talent the opportunity to impress and go up the ladder. The Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Mr. Ashley de Silva stated Sri Lanka Cricket initially planned to hold the Lankan Premier League involving local and… Read More →

There is a progressive build up on getting the right world cup mix – Head Coach Hathurusinghe

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Head Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, while observing that Sri Lanka had performed very pleasingly in the last seven months of international matches, stressed that the build up for the 2019 Cricket World Cup was on and that progressively one could get a hang of the world cup combinations being created going on the selections on a tournament by tournament basis. Addressing the media at the post-South Africa home tour at the SSC Marquee, Hathurusinghe said that the key priority would be preparations for the upcoming hectic tours of New Zealand and Australia. Accordingly, ‘how we practice will help us’ in player conditioning of the different country by country environments. “We pretty much know about our batting depth. In the bowling we… Read More →

Sri Lanka Emerging Team win by 2 wickets in 3-nil clean sweep

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Sri Lanka Emerging Team chased down a victory target of 224 runs winning the third and final unofficial 50-over one-day match by two wickets with seven balls to spare in a 3-nil clean sweep over South Africa Emerging Team at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds on Tuesday. South Africa Emerging Team, batting first were all out for 223 in 42.3 overs with Jeffrey Vandersay being the pick of the Lankan bowlers claiming 3 for 54. Skipper T. de Zorzi and E. Bosch were joint top scorers scoring 48 apiece for the visitors. Zorzi struck a solitary boundary in a 58-ball knock while Bosch hit four sixes and a boundary in his 54-ball innings. Sri Lanka Emerging Team’s run case was… Read More →