Sri Lanka taking series 2-1 the eventual trophy glitter

Sri Lankan players celebrate their T20 series win over Australia after the third T20 Cricket International at the Adelaide Oval on Febuary 22, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Brenton Edwards / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

In a face saving Australian redemption by 41 runs at Adelaide, the larger result of Sri Lanka emerging the T20 champions in the 3-match contest by a margin of 2 wins, was the eventual trophy glitter euphoria for the Sri Lankan camp. If Australia saved face by breaking the drought after scoring 187 for 6 and bowling out Sri Lanka for 146 on the back of leg spinner A. Zampa’s 3 wickets, moreover the Sri Lankan hurrah of coming trumps up was the colourful silver lining. For it was an insulating backyard triumph against an Aussie side that did boast of some regular players in the cast like A.J. Finch, J.P. Faulkner and Zampa. The Aussie media did make out… Read More →

SL Women’s Cricketers orbit in to World Cup 2017: Also qualify for ICC Champions Trophy 

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Sri Lanka qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 from the last round of Super Six matches on the back of a brilliant 84 by opening batsman Chamari Atapattu must certainly go in to the realms of the giant sized. Going past Bangladesh was the final hurdle and go past the neighboring sub-continent opposition did the Lankan lasses brazenly to realize the dream of being there for women’s cricket’s big shootout later this year. They have also qualified for the ICC Women’s Championship. Currently ranked No.8 among top 10 ODI teams has also being a shot in the arm for women’s cricket in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s eventual canter in booking a berth in the world cup to follow… Read More →

Thurstan 7th outright win, Josephian Nipun first to 1000 runs

The inter-school cricket intensified during the week-end that saw Thurstan College, Colombo take top billing by notching up their 7th outright victory this season. In doing so, Thurstan made the year 2017 one of its best in a long time. Playing away in Kurunegala, Thurstan registered their seventh win was against Maliyadeva College, who were trounced by 9 wickets at Kurunegala during the week-end. Thurstan’s match winner with the ball was Naveen Gunawardhane who had a match bag of 14 wickets for 85 capped by 9 wickets for 30 in the second innings. Meanwhile, S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia did get in to the winning vein in the run up to the March big match. The Thomians defeated St. Sylvester’s,… Read More →

Buoyed Sri Lanka go for clean sweep despite Dickwella suspension

Australia's James Faulkner (3rd R) celebrates the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka (front L) during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Basking in the aura of having already knocked out of contention the might of instant cricket in the 3-match T20 series, it will be a sky high fired up Sri Lanka that will go in to the third and final match tomorrow Wednesday against arch foes Australia at the Adelaide Oval. The 2-nil insulation of Upul Tharanga’s charges following back to back wins at Melbourne and Geelong has already put the Sri Lankans in the box seat of the trophy spoils. Of course, the handicap of the suspended in form batsman Niroshan Dickwella  from a dissent of an umpiring decision, dampening as it is will not deter the Sri Lankans final pursuit. Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-overs matches… Read More →

Asela Gunaratne cameo seals Sri Lanka’s T20 series triumph over Aussies

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No Mathews, no Chandimal, a new look Sri Lanka, given the necessitated by the Upul Tharanga captaincy switch,  simply thundering down Australia in a series sealing two straight wins with no real big batting names, but  virtual newcomer Asela Gunaratne reeling off back to back half centuries. Its instant cricket status considerably down following player retirements and injury side linings, thumping the world beaters of cricket in their own backyard is indeed sky high stuff. If the opening match at Melbourne was a glorious down to the  wire triumph, coming trumps up from what looked certain defeat at Kardinia Park in Victoria knocking off 174 was  blood and thunder re-insulating insulating stuff. On a day bigger names like skipper Tharanga… Read More →

Twin double centurions Ruwan Lakshan 272, Isuru Chamara 237 in Shastranada MV’s innings win

SCHOOL CRICKET AT A GLANCE By Srian Obeyesekere A rare feat of two players from the same school holding centre stage in a record feat of scoring twin double centuries was recorded from Madampe during the week-end. It was a run feast all the way as Ruwan Lakshan struck 272 and Isuru Chamara 237 in posting over 500 runs between them for Shastranada MV, Dehiwala in romping to an innings and 556-run win over Madampe MMV, Kuleegoda. Lakshan struck 35 boundaries and 13 sixes in a 168-ball knock while Chamara struck 28 fours and 9 sixes off 160 balls in a 201-run 4th wicket partnership in a whopping 729 for 9 wickets for Shastranada MV . Madampe MMV was bundled… Read More →

Sri Lanka A vs. England Lions: A window for youngsters

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The humming winds for Sri Lankan cricket cannot be any more timely than more exposure mounting international cricket exchanges in the accelerated blooding pathway the cricket establishment – Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) envisages. In that perspective the February-March home tour of Sri Lanka A playing hosts to its England counterparts would be a much expectant revealing window for the national selectors headed by Sanath Jayasuriya. More so as the selectors’ fine combing drive assumes all priority in the hunt for the ideal mix as Chairman of Selectors, Jayasuriya and his co selectors seek to fix the mainstream national composition to top grating proportions. The cricket tour exchanges in the recent past from New Zealand to England, Australia, Zimbabwe and South… Read More →

Individual positives from S. Africa; Young blood will mature from more exposure 

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers plays a shot during their One Day International (ODI) cricket match against Sri Lanka at St George's Park on January 28, 2017, in Port Elizabeth. 
This is the first ODI in the series. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

South Africa’s 5-0 ODI clean sweep of Sri Lanka is a hard to digest result in a scenario of a plaguing injury sidelining of regular skipper Angelo Mathews and stand in Test captain and ODI vice captain Dinesh Chandimal losing his place. For the duo are trump card stuff on which the island nation’s cricket forward drive had shaped up fronting up as prime new generation torch bearers. Of course, trumping South Africa in their own backyard was from the very start a tall order given the superior player advantage the host country enjoyed even before a ball was bowled. Going in to the over month long T20, Test and ODI contests that South Africa had a professionally ingrained string… Read More →

SLC President on Phase II of District Cricket Promotion Mission

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It will be another path breaking mission Sri Lanka Cricket’s dynamic, vision oriented President, Thilanga Sumathipala who embarks this Thursday on a far sighted concept that will be Phase II of seeing and assessing first hand for himself at district and provincial level in SLC’s forward drive to creating a better morrow for the island nation’s cricket. Sumathipala, who recently inspected the South and North meeting up with the local heads of cricket associations and clubs where one of his laudable brain child decisions was to give Northern cricket lovers an international ground in recognition of the deep seated passion for cricket in the Northern peninsula, will once again assess for himself along with an SLC team assess the workability… Read More →

Tharanga handed T20 captaincy too, Malinga returns for tour of Australia

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Sri Lanka’s next month long February assignment Down Under to Aussie land straight from South Africa interestingly assumes a new dimension in the team component. That it does carry a blend of newness with Upul Tharanga carrying the captaincy mantle with some of the usual tried and tested links in trump card regular captain Angelo Mathews continuing to miss out from injury, and vice captain Dinesh Chandimal failing to find the selectors nod, is interesting. More so when the good news addition happens to be that lynchpin Lasith Malinga back from a long injury sidelining. It is interesting given the element of the new blend squad centering on young blood with a few  exceptions that has been put in charge… Read More →

Bravo Tharanga & company: Sri Lanka radiant in defeat

Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga (1st-R) bats during the One Day International (ODI) cricket match against South Africa, at Newlands Cricket stadium on February 7, 2017, in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

What a so close but yet so far finish it was! Sri Lanka in full throttle on 190 for 1 wicket with skipper Upul Tharanga on song on 102 and Kusal Mendis blossoming for bigger things on 23 by the 23rd over. But when it looked like Sri Lanka had the match within its grasp and was on course to jinxing a piece of history by going past South Africa’s improbable 368 at the Newlands, Mendis holing out with the total on 203 was to signal a breakdown. Not long after Tharanga, who had played perhaps the innings of his like in redeeming himself in signalling a second anointment or his re-arrival with a majestic captain’s knock reaching thee three… Read More →

With SLC window to lower rungs to national team: The heat intensifies in domestic scenario

With a window being opened by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for latent talent at any level from the under-19 youth base to Sri Lanka A team and even school cricketers for mainstream national selection, this far sighted initiative has pleasingly seen the domestic cricket scenario become far more competitive. While this initiative on the cricket youth vision mooted by SLC President, Thilanga Sumathipala already having paved the way for several youngsters to walk in to the Sri Lanka team on the merits of their performances is an ongoing team rebuilding process, it has with it intensified player interest to grab the opportunity. The realization of the schoolboy cricketing dream being closer to reality, there has been a talent surge witnessed… Read More →

New blood Lankan batsmen must take lesson from defeat to apply them-selves

Players lay low as a swarm of bees storm the field during the third One Day International (ODI) match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers cricket ground on February 4, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
The South African team and the wickets are in pink to mark World Cancer Awarness day on February 4. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

That it extraordinarily is like a musical cushions jigsaw puzzle that only Niroshan Dickwella it is who fires for Sri Lanka while the other batsmen around him keep falling like nine pins but for the occasional 30 odd like Upul Tharanga’s, makes one wonder whether only Dickwella is game fit. Certainly getting dismissed for 163 consuming just 39.2 overs having sat pretty at 60 for 1 is an indictment of the top order Sri Lankan batting line up where the rest bar Dickwella and Tharanga flashed their bats gifting their wickets. It handed South Africa a compelling 7-wicket win and the series in the third and decisive game at the Centurion complex at Johannesburgaving. By all accounts, there has been… Read More →

Dropped catch and suicidal run out proves costly for Sri Lanka

South African JP Duminy bats in front of Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka during the second One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Kingsmead cricket ground on February 1, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKY

Whatever semblance of a chance Sri Lanka had of making a match of it evaporated with the fifth wicket run out of Asela Gunaratne with the total on 119 as Sri Lanka chased South Africa’s imposing 307 for 6 at Durban’s Kingsmead at a run rate of 6.14 an over. Dinesh Chandimal was the striker, and moved out of his crease with the stroke on the off side before rushing back to his crease leaving Gunaratne who had scampered down stranded. The 44-run partnership between the duo had lifted Sri Lanka from a dire 74 for 3, and had seemed to be blossoming when indiscretion crept in. The suicidal dismissal must evoke question marks about the running between the wickets… Read More →

Mendis underscores talent, but South Africa clinically professional

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (R) bats during the One Day International(ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on January 28, 2017. x / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

In an 8-wicket smarting at the hands of South Africa in the opening ODI, young batting spark Kusal Mendis riding back to form on a top score of 62 piercing the boundary line on ten occasions was the only consolation for the relative young Sri Lankan team. Given the strong odds Upul Tharanga’s Sri Lankans were pitted against of a strong batting pedigree of tried and tested frontline of the likes of run machines like A.B. de Villiers and Hashim Amla and Quintin de Kock and F. du Plessis, it was always a tough call for the visitors; what is more with their skipper Angelo Mathews out of action. That Sri Lanka went in with a debutant in 23-year old… Read More →