Sri Lanka Under-19 lose to India Under-19 by an innings and 21 runs

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Sri Lanka Under-19 lost to India Under-19 by an innings and 21 runs having being dismissed for 324 in the second innings on the fourth and final day of the first unofficial test match played at the NCC grounds on Friday. The Lankans having totaled 244 in the first innings, trailed by 345 runs following the visiting team’s mammoth first innings total of 589. The host team’s second innings was bolstered by K.N.M. Fernando’s 104 off 118 balls inclusive of 17 boundaries and 2 sixes. Coming in at 42 for 1 he put on 91 for the second wicket with skipper Dananjaya Perera who made 20. But on reaching his century Fernando threw his wicket when well set through indiscretion… Read More →

Sri Lanka 277/9 as South Africa fight back on Maharaj’s 8 wickets

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Sri Lanka were 277 for 9 wickets in 86 overs at a run rate of 3.22 runs an over at the end of the opening day’s play of the second test match versus South Africa at the SSC grounds on Friday. At the wickets were Akila Dananjaya on 16 and Rangana Herath on 5. Sri Lanka having elected to bat having won the toss, were pushed back by an 8-wicket grab by 28-year old left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj who brought back South Africa from a hopeless position when it seemed the pace-spin attack had failed. That was when Sri Lanka was strongly placed on 116 for no loss with Dhanushka Gunathilaka (57) and Dimuth Karunaratne (53) putting on 116… Read More →

Thisara Perera 111 off 88 balls as Sri Lanka A beat Bangladesh A by 67 runs to level series

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Skipper Thisara Perera struck a timely 111 off 88 balls inclusive of 9 boundaries and 5 sixes to haul Sri Lanka A out of a precarious 129 for 7 to clinch a 67-run victory over Bangladesh A in the second one-dayer and draw level 1-all in the 3-match one-day series at the Sylhet International Stadium, Bangladesh on Thursday. The Lankans made 275 in 49.4 overs and dismissed Bangladesh A for 218 in 44.2 overs.      . Perera figured in a 77-run alliance for the eighth wicket contributing 69 of those runs together with Malinda Pushpakumara who held one end up scoring 8 as  the skipper went on a run spree. The innings was beefed up by a lusty 36 off 36… Read More →

Sri Lanka poised to maximize strong advantage in second test vs. South Africa

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Sri Lanka will enjoy the 1-nil test win buoyance of having comprehensively outplayed the South Africans at Galle against the odds braving handicaps with stand in captain Suranga Lakmal after a third back to back win in the saddle when the two sides lock horns in the second test at the SSC tomorrow. Certainly the Lankans will carry a big leverage over the world’s No2 test team having dented that lofty image by the 278-run hammering in four days, this time around in Colombo environs where the decisive battle for honours would predictably be on a dry wicket favouring spin. Maximising the strong spin advantage was aired by Rangana Herath at the pre-match media conference at the SSC Marquee. “We… Read More →

Sri Lanka A lose to Bangladesh A by 2 runs in thriller

Sri Lanka A lost the opening unofficial one-day match to Bangladesh A by 2 runs in a brave chase recovering from 156 for 5 in 35 overs to 278 in 50 overs with last pair of Shehan Madushanka and Nishan Peiris adding 34 in 3.3 overs in a thrilling finish at the the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh. Madushanka and Peiris came together with Sri Lanka A needing a further 36 runs in 3.3 overs to win with the total on 244 for 9. They did prosper to narrowing the gap to three runs with some lusty hitting by Madushanka who struck three sixes in a 12-ball 21 and Peiris 11 off 11 inclusive of a boundary. But when it… Read More →

SRI LANKA U-19 VS INDIA U-19 HOME TOUR: Both captains committed to play positive cricket

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Sri Lanka Under-19 Captain Nipun Dananjaya, speaking at yesterday’s joint pre-series media briefing held at the Jaic Hilton Residencies, announced that the squad was well balanced and he expected his players to play positive cricket against their Indian counterparts. “India is a good side and we too possess an equally strong side,” he said. Sri Lanka Under-19 and India Under-19 will play two unofficial test matches and five one-dayers. The India Under-19 Captain, Anuj Rawat said, ‘It is a pleasure to play in Sri Lanka and we look forward to play good positive cricket.” The Indian Coach W.V. Raman said, “We are looking at this tour to Sri Lanka as a learning curve to provide players experience and exposure. Anuj,… Read More →

Sri Lanka rout South Africa by 278 runs on Dilruwan’s 10 wicket match bag; Herath 423-wicket milestone

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Sri Lanka routed South Africa by 278 runs in record fashion wrapping up the first test by the fourth day on the back of a 10-wicket match bag by Dilruwan Perera  as the visitors, chasing 352 for victory, were shot out for 73 which is their lowest ever total and the lowest in Sri Lanka with more than a day to spare at the Galle International Stadium. If Man of the Match Dimuth Karunaratne hogged the initial limelight with his 158 and 60, the 35-year old Perera let loose the magic with the ball in a test match that had the opposition stuttering at wits end unable to read flight and turn on a Galle trajectory that Sri Lanka has… Read More →

Sri Lanka in box seat – lead by 272 with 6 wickets intact after Dilruwan strike

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Sri Lanka had worked into an impregnable box seat stranglehold against South Africa with an imposing 272-run lead with six wickets intact at the end of the second day’s play of the first test match at the Galle International Stadium on Friday. South Africa were bundled out for 126 in 54.3 overs, and Sri Lanka were 111 for 4 in 37 overs. Creating such a momentum of sniffing victory against the No.2 test team in the world were conspicuously the duo of Dimuth Karunaratne and all-rounder Dilruwan Perera. There was the 35-year old Perera taking over from where Karunaratne left yesterday as he spun a web around the opposition batsmen claiming 4 for 46 in 23 overs. He started the… Read More →

Dimuth Karunaratne a herculean unbeaten 158 in Sri Lanka’s 287; South Africa 4/1

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If herculean is the defining slogan word of tremendous performance when the chips are down particularly in the arduous grind of test cricket, indeed Sri Lankan opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne did just that in a tight rope back to the wall battle to carry his bat to a magnificent unbeaten 158 and his side out of the doldrums of 119 for 5 wickets to the respectability of 287 on the opening day of the first test versus South Africa at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday. In what proved to be a humdinger battle for survival, Sri Lanka did hit back to claim the wicket of A.K. Markram to reduce the Proteas to 4 for 1 in the wake of… Read More →

Sri Lanka A take series crushing Bangladesh A by an innings and 38 runs in third test

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Shehan Jayasuriya struck a superb 142 and claimed 3 wickets for 47 and 2 for 23 combining with off spinner Malinda Pushpakumara’s fantastic 6 for 46 to send Bangladesh A tumbling to an innings and 39 run annihilation in the third test at Sylhet. With this win Sri Lanka A clinched the 3-match unofficial test series versus Bangladesh A in style after the first two tests were drawn with rain putting a spoke in the first test. Sri Lanka A, skippered by Lahiru Thirimanne, batting first rattled up 312 and proceeded to dismiss Bangladesh A for 167 and for 107 on the follow on when Pushpakumara wrought havoc with the ball with his 6-wicket haul. The match proved to be… Read More →

Sri Lanka to exploit Galle spinning track vs. South Africa in 1st test

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While Sri Lanka awaits an ICC decision as to whether skipper Dinesh Chandimal will be cleared of a conduct charge to play, it will be predictably Sri Lanka’s home friendly spin advantage against South Africa’s three-pronged pace cum spin combination in the first test starting at the Galle International Stadium on the tomorrow, the 12th July, 2018. Roshen Silva, addressing the media at Galle, said that ‘we have practiced hard on the Galle track and would look to outdo South Africa through spin.’ He added that the final eleven would be decided on the morning of the match after a pitch inspection.  Indeed Galle will be the ideal stage for the Lankans to wrest the advantage against an all-round opposition… Read More →

Chandimal and Du Plessis to seek ICC clarification on chewing sweets during play

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The two test captains of Sri Lanka and South Africa were unanimous as to a ICC clarification on the consumption of sweets during play following the recent ball tampering controversy involving Dinesh Chandimal in the second test versus the West Indies. Both Chanidmal of Sri Lanka and Faf du Plessis of South Africa told a media briefing on Friday at Colombo’s Mövenpick Hotel ahead of the 2-match home test series that they would be seeking a clarification on chewing sweets from the match referee. Chandimal stressed that sugar intake was necessary for energy when players tire out. Citing an example when he had to be administered sweets by the team physio when he scored 168 in a test match in Abu Dhabi,… Read More →

Man of the Match Thirimanne strikes second ton as Sri Lanka A draw 2nd Test vs. Bangladesh A      

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Former Sri Lanka test batsman, Lahiru Thirimanne struck an unbeaten century in the drawn four-day unofficial second test between Sri Lanka A and Bangladesh A at Chittagong on Friday. The left handed 28-year old, slammed exactly 100 off 186 balls inclusive of 6 boundaries and 2 sixes as Sri Lanka A rattled up 281 for only 2 wi wickets declared off 80 overs. In a match that was confined only to the first innings after two days were lost due to rain, Bangladesh A were 59 for 1 wicket in 16 overs. Lankans, skippered by Dimuth Karunaratne who won the toss and elected to bat, were in fine fettle. It was Thirimanne’s second ton in the series having scored 168… Read More →

Niroshan Dickwella says, “I am to raise the bar in my batting vs. South Africa”

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Sri Lanka’s hard hitting wicket-keeper batsman, Niroshan Dickwella said that he is all keyed up to raising the bar in his batting during the upcoming 2-test home series versus South Africa. Fresh from a pleasing contribution in Sri Lanka’s series squaring tour of the West Indies recently, the 25-year old Dickwella, in an exclusive interview with Sri Lanka Cricket website, said, “On a personal note, I am keen on raising the bar in my batting from a test average of 33 to 35 against South Africa. ” While making the point that instinctively he was a basher of the ball, Dickwella, the former Trinity College product who represents NCC, said that he had to adopt to any given situation to… Read More →

When the chips were down it hardened our mental resolve to win – Suranga Lakmal

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Suranga Lakmal, who stood in as acting captain for Dinesh Chandimal for the third test match versus the West Indies, said in an exclusive interview that the team’s mental resolve had soared to win the decisive third test versus the West indies. “Knowing that the chips were down minus our regular captain Dinesh Chandimal, our mental resolve hardened. As a team we decided that we would perform not just 100 percent but 120 per cent”, Lakmal revealed to Sri Lanka Cricket website. Following are excerpts of the interview with the 31-year old Suranga Lakmal who has represented his country in 47 tests claiming 114 wickets: (Q). When you were entrusted with captaining the side in the absence of Dinesh Chandimal… Read More →