Jayasuriya and Fernando take Colombo to final in style A

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As the heat mounted in the countdown to finding the finalists in the SLC Super Provincial Tournament, Colombo was first to the post upstaging Kandy by 4 wickets on day 6 on Wednesday at the R. Premadasa Stadium. It was a truly remarkable all-round performance by Colombo anchored by the bowlers that set up Colombo’s win in consummate ease in what turned out to be an anti climax in what had carried a pre-match hype of a tight match. That was given the strong clout Kandy had enjoyed throughout the tournament having won all but one of their matches, and of course the fact that Colombo had limped in to the reckoning from a poor start to the tournament. But… Read More →

Ton up Banuka Rajapakse ignites old form: Dambulla upset Colombo; Galle down Kandy

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SLC Super Provincial Tournament – Day 5 Results Dambulla’s Banuka Rajapakse, the former Royal College, SSC, and Chilaw Marians fiery batsman, did fire straight from the hip in a scorching three figure innings of 117 in mounting an upset 44-run win over Colombo on Monday, the fifth day’s proceedings of the Super Provincial Tournament. Rajapakse was in full cry reviving memories of his hey day Royal College batsman ship that made him quite a batting sensation at that level. It was Man of the Match rewarding stuff for the 25-year old Rajapakse. He set up the base for a huge Dambulla total of 316 for 8 wickets in 50 overs having figured in a productive 155- run third wicket alliance… Read More →

Kandy lead table with 6 points, Colombo close second with 5 points 

Colombo went on to chalk up its second successive win in a forceful comeback on day-4 following a tie and a loss on the first two days while Kandy pocketed its third win atoning for the loss to Colombo in the previous game in the ongoing Super Provincial Tournament. Kandy’s win saw them lead the table with 6 points with Colombo a close second with 5 points. Colombo beat Galle by 3 wickets in a high scoring match displaying the depth as good chasers by topping Galle’s 299 for 9 in 50 overs at the R. Premadasa Stadium while Kandy registered a 39-run win over Dambulla having totaled 323 for 5 wickets in 50 overs at the Dambulla Stadium. Dambulla… Read More →

Kapugedera, Malinga in squad for Champions Trophy

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2017 a fairytale comeback for Kapugedera? The year 2017 could well go down as the comeback year in international cricket for Chamara Kapugedera. At age 30 the right hander, who had conspicuously evaporated off the international cricketing radar appearing and disappearing in fits and starts following an erosion of early promise, has indeed ignited new expectations in the breasts of home cricket fans. What has certainly set off the buzz is the naming of the Kandy born Kapugedera in a 15-man squad for the June 1 to 18 Champions Trophy in England and Wales. Kapugedera’s inclusion has been on suddenly looming from the pedestrian 20 to 30 odd scores in the sparse ODI and T20 outings to mounting a sound… Read More →

Colombo and Dambulla maiden wins: Thirimanne welcome return to form as Chandimal, Munaweera hit half tons

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SLC Super Provincial Tournament that recommenced after the festival break did produce an upset win in Colombo toppling Kandy in a comprehensive 106-run triumph at the NCC grounds yesterday Monday. The result was significant for Colombo in registering a maiden win in three games having tied one and lost one. For Kandy that had mounted its campaign on a high note winning the first two games in style against ,It was a momentum losing result in the wake of the fine back to back victory take off that had put Kandy in the box seat. Of course, the high pleasing factor for Colombo was the return to form of former Sri Lanka vice captain Lahiru Thirimanne in a game that… Read More →

Sri Lanka in ideal build up for 2017 ICC Champions Trophy countdown

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Sri Lanka’s build up for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 1 to 18 is indeed the high stakes fusion accentuated on a six-day high intensity endurance and performance program now under full swing. That Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) think tank support staff has embarked on such a preparatory course while prioritizing the climatic conditions in Kandy and Diyatalawa for the team to acclimatize  in altitude training to English conditions is certainly the ideal take off for instant cricket’s extravaganza. To the cricket world, the ICC Champions Trophy is one of the game’s blockbusters akin to the Cricket World Cup, and indeed it is a momentum gathering gallop for the participating teams. In that… Read More →

Kandy chalk up successive wins in SLC Super Provincial Tournament

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Kandy chalked up successive wins in the ongoing Sri Lanka Cricket Super Provincial Tournament that got underway on April 9. The tournament mooted by SLC in bringing grassroots talent island-wide in to one basket, saw some high scoring matches with three centurions on the first day. Lahiru Milantha scored 106 for Dambulla versus Colombo, and Sri Lanka cricketer Dinesh Chandimal in turn chalked up116 not out for Colombo in a tied encounter with both teams scoring identical scores of 289 in 50 overs. In the Galle versus Kandy match that yielded 696 runs between the two sides with Kandy scraping through by one wicket, the inform Sri Lanka A prodigy Sadeera Samarawickrama, who has been nudging the selectors for a… Read More →

Bangladesh prevail, but Malinga another magical feat

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The luck of the coin does matter in limited overs cricket, and that Bangladesh optimized the discretion of batting first by a bizarre 71-run posting by Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes was a calamity that Sri Lanka was never able to weather at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Thursday’s day night. The 45-run win gave the touring team a 1-all clean slate of a drawn series in all three forms of the game, but fell short of their campaign of denting Sri Lanka’s unblemished record of claiming a series win in either the Test, ODI or T20 series. In the final T20 decider one had to hand it to Bangladesh in unleashing a batting salvo. The run rioting Sarkar whose… Read More →

SL Emerging Asia Cup Champs; Best reply to self titilating critics’ crickets on track

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At a time when there is so much mean mouthing directed at the nerve centre of the county’s cricket, this Sri Lanka U-23 trophy euphoria of becoming the Emerging Asia Cup champions in many ways is the best shooting down critics’ answer Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has in its sleeve. Indeed, when newspaper obituaries are being written tearing down the country’s cricket and a certain week-end newspaper sports editor gunning for the man heading SLC to such tearing down lowly depths, this one triumph is a fitting bogging down trump card. After all, is not this the young find realization that Sri Lanka cricket had spelt out its 5-point pillar plan that this newspaper had so deftly breathed a fowling… Read More →

Kusal Janith and Malinga insulate Sri Lanka in T20 ascendancy

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Sri Lanka continued it’s on song success in the fast fad hamburger T20 form sweeping aside Bangladesh by six wickets in the opening game at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday in the 2-match opening game. For a nation on whom the local critics had frowned on in a shameless tinge of delight when Sri Lanka lost a Test match to the minnows, Tuesday’s result was a slap in the face; a slap in the face in the wake of the final ODI win at the SSC in underwriting the fact that cricket in Sri Lanka has not died a cold death as some fourth estate scribes made out. In effect, this T 20 triumph on the back of Lasith… Read More →

Sri Lanka put on the drawing board clinical performance: an endorsement of the Gurusinha effect

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Sri Lanka bouncing back in a clinical 70-run demolition  of Bangladesh in the must win third and final ODI and square the series 1-all did reflect a marked turnaround at the SSC on Saturday. The turnaround from a hitherto unsettled pattern that had seen Bangladesh threaten to a point of registering a maiden series win did showcase a welcome all-round performance. That Upul Tharanga’s charges did wring in a degree of professionalism that had been lacking previously was something to cheer and smile about for Sri Lankans; and of course, the island nation’s cricketing establishment Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The batting took on a calculated outlook putting in to a back seat with notably Kusal Mendis cutting off the frills… Read More →

Sri Lanka lacked play maker batsman; Bangladesh showcase professionalism

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The absence of Angelo Mathews and Kusal Janith Perera was badly felt in Sri Lanka’s 90-run loss to Bangladesh in the first ODI in Dambulla. Sri Lanka clearly lacked a play-maker batsman to carry the innings. In this context, it is relevant recalling past game plan’s on which Sri Lanka’s ODI cricket thrived. Marvan Atapattu was one of the best batsmen in carrying an innings to the end which is an important aspect Sri Lanka laid emphasis one time. There were also Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara who fitted to that role of innings building. With regular captain on an injury limbo, Kusal Janith Perera has been the closest to coming good as a lynch pin batsman, but not to… Read More →

Cricket heat shifts to Dambulla as Sri Lanka brace for Bangladesh

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Cricket heat grips Sri Lanka as never before. That Sri Lanka’s the Test loss to Bangladesh last week has lent to a charged up scenario as Sri Lankan cricket fans at large, and of course the cricketers look for evening up of scores. In such a tempo, that the rivalry shits in to the instant cricket would not matter for the die hards for whom a match is a match, and that bleeding Bangladesh is what matters from a Sri Lankan perspective when the contest shifts to rural Dambulla. The opening day-night gets underway on Saturday 25 with a sell out crowd expected. Indeed, from a local fan point of view defeat to the minnows of Test cricket was a… Read More →

Cricket in Sri Lanka not dead by any means, Let us be sporty and acknowledge Bangladesh

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Sri Lanka did lose to Bangladesh which is lamentable. That the loss was the result of certain mistakes by the home team in a see sawing contest that the minnows of Test cricket came on top is how the game went. The costly follies by the Sri Lankans like dropped catches, poor run out throws, and four specialist batsmen getting out on the trot were contributory factors. There have been certain grey areas mainly the fielding that needs to be nipped in the bud. While the Sri Lankan camp has to get back to the drawing board and recoup addressing those grey areas, a very dismaying factor is to find a good part of the local media in a seeming… Read More →

Sri Lanka must take lesson from poor fielding, middle order lapse

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Sri Lanka’s loss to Bangladesh that handed them a historic centenary Test triumph that had eluded the minnows would certainly kindle many regrets from the second Test match at the P. Saravanamuththu Stadium. For a match that saw Sri Lanka ride back from a first day early disaster to a point of dominating Bangladesh on Dinesh Chandimal’s laborious century, it must give the side a definite bad feeling; a bad feeling that the Sri Lankan fielders primarily contributed to that downfall by letting Bangladesh off the hook when the host team was in total control on the third day. The three lives to centurion Shakib Al Hasan, first a dolly catch put down by Upul Tharanga when he was on… Read More →