Man of the Match Kusal Mendis parties with big 70 as Lankans bash Bangladesh in clean sweep

Sri Lanka cricketers pose with the tournament trophy following the presentation ceremony during the end the second Twenty20 (T20) cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Twenty three-year old Kusal Mendis, earmarked as Sri Lanka’s little prince of batting on the blocks, bludgeoned 70 off 42 balls to steer his side to a-75 run triumph over   Bangladesh in the final T 20 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. It was the perfect Sunday best scripting the Lankans yearned for as Mendis set the tone reeling 6 boundaries and 3 sixes in a total of 210 for 4 wickets after being put into bat. Sri Lanka maintained a run rate of 10.5 an over. Mendis  put on 98 for the first wicket in 11 overs with Dhanushka Gunathilaka who clobbered 42 off 37 inclusive of 3 boundaries and 2 six. Mendis, who progressively reached his element from… Read More →

Lankans savage Bangladesh in facile 6-wicket triumph

Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis plays a shot during the first Twenty20 cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

It was fireworks all the way in a sixes laden display by the Sri Lankan batters in scripting a sweet savaging of Bangladesh in a whirlwind batting performance in fashioning out a facile 6-wicket annihilation of the hosts. Sri Lanka made 194 for 4 wickets in sweeping past what was Bangladesh’s highest T20 international total of  193 for 5 wickets in the first of the 2-match T 20 series today at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. The magnitude of the triumph was best illustrated by the fact that the Lankans found no terrors in chasing down the record target set by the host team. Sri Lanka’s openers Kusal Mendis and Dhanushka Gunathilaka fanned the Bangladesh bowling attack to… Read More →

Seekkuge Prasanna stars with bat and ball in Army’s 2-wicket win over CCC

TIER B PLATE TOURNAMENT THIRD WEEK Seekkuge Prasanna stars with bat and ball in Army’s 2-wicket win over CCC: Badureliya vs. Moors & Bloomfield vs.Tamil Union drawn Seekuge Prasanna starred with bat and ball hitting a match winning 63 and claiming 5 wickets for 45 in bowling out CCC for 120 in the second innings in reversing fortunes for Army for a 2 wicket win after conceding a 68-rn first innings lead at BRC grounds. Batting first, CCC scored 333 with L. Abeyratne scoring 109 off 142 balls inclusive of 9 boundaries and 3 sixes. K.D.V. Vimukthi claimed 5 for 66. Army replied with 265 on a top score of 62 by D.D. de Soysa and Prasanna 39. Sachith Pathirana… Read More →

Chilaw Marians rout Ragama, SL Ports Authority drub Colts, NCC down Saracens and SSC outwit BRC

TIER A SUPER EIGHT: Chilaw Marians routed Ragama CC by an innings and 6 runs, SL Ports Authority drubbed Colts by an innings and 134 runs, NCC annihilated Saracens SC by 313 runs while SSC beat BRC by 8 wickets in the Tier A Super Eight third round matches conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) last week. At the P. Saravanamuththu Stadium, Ragama was shot out for 54 and Chilaw Marians totalled 211 and went on to bowl out Ragama for 148. It was a fine all-round display by Chilaw Marians with Shehan Jayasuriya capping a brilliant all-round display picking 7 for 22 and 3 for 66 for a match bag of 10 wickets for 88, and top score of… Read More →

Sri Lanka demolish Bangladesh in champagne style for 1-nil series triumph

Sri Lankan cricketers congratulate teammate Akila Dananjaya (C) after the dismissal of the Bangladesh cricket captain Mahmudullah Riyad during the second day of the second cricket Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium in Dhaka on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Munir UZ ZAMAN

Sri Lanka did it in champagne style drubbing Bangladesh by a whopping 215 runs in the second Test match at Chittagong to claim a 1-nil series triumph with more than 2 days to spare. After Sri Lanka was all out for 226 in the second innings on a remarkable unbeaten 70 by Roshen Silva, Bangladesh was bundled out for 123 in a miserable display in the wake of the host’s first innings total of 110. The back to back series wins were truly remarkable comebacks for the visitors having conspicuously come under the wing of Head Coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe recently. That the Lankans dominated a treacherous wicket did underscore the superiority of Dinesh Chandimal’s charges. It was all over in… Read More →

Tier B Plate Tournament second round matches drawn

All four Plate Tournament second round matches were drawn last week. At the Galle International Stadium, Kurunegela YCC totalled 210. H. Prabath top scored with 76, an S. Dassanayake made 44. T.R. Priyan claimed 5 wickets for 63 and R.M.G.K. Sirisoma 3 for 69. Galle CC replied with 272. H.M. Rajapaksha made 54 and N.A. Dharmasena 52. T.L. de Soysa shone with the ball for Kurunegela picking 7 for 69, and S. Dassanayake 3 for 64. Having conceded a 62-run first innings lead, Kurunegela declared the second innings on 151 for 5 leaving Galle 89 runs to win, but no further play was possible due to inclement weather. In the meantime, Kalutara TC made 283 and bowled out Police for… Read More →

Sri Lanka Ports Authority rout Ragama CC; SSC trounce NCC, Chilaw Marians down Colts

MAJOR TOURNEY TIER A SUPER 8 SECOND ROUND: Sri Lanka Ports Authority routed the more fancied Ragama CC by an innings and 42 runs at FTZ grounds, Katunayake in the Super 8 second round of the Major League Tier A Tournament last week. Meanwhile, SSC enjoyed a 194- run win over NCC while Chilaw Marians CC beat Colts by 4 wickets and BRC defeated Saracens by 83 runs.  At Katunayake, put into bat, Ragama was all out for 269 on a top score of 52 by Lahiru Thirimanne. Ports Authority responded with a massive 485 for 9 declared spearheaded by an unbeaten 139 by middle order batsman W.W.A.G. Maneeshan off 260 balls and studded with 14 boundaries. Following on, Ragama… Read More →

Bangladesh force a draw

Bangladesh wicketkeeper Liton Das (R) tries to take a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal (L) 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

Sri Lanka would be ruing three decisive chances that went a begging difficult as they were as Bangladesh battled from an overnight 81 for 3 to 307 for 5 wickets to salvage a draw on the final day of the first Test at the Chittagong Stadium. The first was off Mominul Haque when he was on 71 when he under edged Rangana Herath to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella who could not hold on to the catch. Haque went on to score 105 becoming the first Bangladesh batsman to score twin centuries in test cricket history. The next one was also a grinder off Liton Das when on 62 which Kusal Mendis at short midwicket grassed. Das went on to score 94…. Read More →

Trio of centurions mount Lankan run harvest of 713/9 decl. in thrust for victory

3 Centurions

The trio of centurions in Kusal Mendis n(196), Dhananjaya De Silva (173) and Roshane Silva (109) proved to be a golden harvest of runs in Sri Lanka’s massive 713 for 9 wickets declared in reply to Bangladesh’s first innings total of 513. The magical three figure marks by the young threesome indeed ignited Sri Lanka’s thrust into a firm launching pad to push for victory in the first Test at the end of the penultimate day’s play with a formidable 200-run lead to push for victory. Bangladesh had wilted under pressure at 81 for 3 setting up an expectant intense finish on the final day tomorrow at the Chittagong Stadium, Bangladesh. Remarkably, the Lankans translated into a flood of runs… Read More →

Bloomfield and Army in thrilling tie; No result CCC-Badureliya, Moors-Tamil Union

MAJOR LEAGUE PLATE TOURNEY: The Bloomfield versus Army encounter ended in a thrilling tie in the Major League Plate Tournament at Moors grounds, Braybrooke Place last week. Two other matches on the cards between CCC and Badureliya and Moors versus Tamil Union were drawn. Put in to bat, Bloomfield made 163 to which Army replied with 171. In the second innings Bloomfield totalled 206. Set 199 to win, Army fell short by one run when No.10 batsman W.M. Madushanka was stumped off the bowling of R.T.M. Mendis for 5. Highlights of the match were Army’s K.D.V. Vimukthi having a match bag of 10 wickets for 127 runs and Bloomfield batter K.P.N. Karunanayake scoring 91 of  124 balls inclusive of 10… Read More →

SSC, Chilaw Marians CC, Ragama CC and Colts CC on song

MAJOR LEAGUE SUPER 8S: SSC, Chilaw Marians CC, Ragama CC and Colts CC were on song winning their respective matches in the Sri Lanka Cricket Major League Inter-Club Tier ‘A’ cricket Super 8 matches last week. SSC routed Ports Authority CC by innings and 82 runs, Chilaw Marians CC brushed aside Saracens by a massive 244 runs, Ragama CC got the better of   NCC by five wickets and Colts beat BRC by three wickets. The highlights were Chilaw Marians Sachithra Serasinghe’s consistent run making striking 109 and 87 in becoming the season’s leading run accumulator with an aggregate of 786. His teammates B.O.P. Fernando made 112 and off spinner Malinda Pushpakumara had a match bag of 9 wickets for 144… Read More →

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 79 runs to lift Tri Nation Trophy

Sri Lankan cricketers celebrate winning the title of the Tri-Nations Series after biting Bangladesh by seventy Nine (79 runs) in the final one day International (ODI) match at the Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium in Dhaka on January 27, 2018.   / AFP PHOTO / -

Sri Lanka produced another clinical all-round display to defeat Bangladesh by 79 runs in the final of the Tri Nation Series at Mirpur, Dhaka today. Having posted 221 in 50 over’s after winning the toss, Sri Lanka bowled out Bangladesh for 142 in 41.1 over’s. Winning the toss and batting was the ideal championship thrust for the Lankans with opener Upul Tharanga firing upfront with a composed top score of 56 off 99 balls. His knock was packed with 5 boundaries. Despite losing Dhanushka Gunathilaka with the total on 8, Tharanga found an able ally in Kusal Mendis who shrugged form blotches in putting the Bangladeshi bowling attack to the sword for an 8-ball 28 packed with 3 sixes and… Read More →

Sri Lanka stun Bangladesh by 10 wickets to storm into Tri-Nation Series final

Sri Lanka Cricketer Lakmal (2R) celebrates after the dismissal of Bangladeshi batsman Anamul Haque during the sixth One Day International (ODI) match in the Tri-Nations series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla national Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on 25 January,  / AFP PHOTO / -

Sri Lanka stormed into the Tri-Nation Series final stunning tournament favourites Bangladesh by 10 wickets in a turnaround of the Tri-Nation Series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. It was the Lankans most facile ODI triumph in history over its opponents setting up a much looked to final between the two sides on Saturday at the same venue. Sri Lanka shrugged off injury handicaps in a fire power all-round display having decimated Bangladesh for 82 in 24 overs before knocking off the required 83 runs for victory in just 11.5 overs. It was the host’s lowest ODI total against the Lankans. At the centre of the destruction was Sri Lankan pace bowler Suranga Lakmal who unleashed a lethal… Read More →

Major League Super 8s kick off tomorrow

Super 8 Teams

The Major League Tier A Tournament gives way to the more absorbing Super 8s Tournament that will mark Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) accentuation on four-day pink ball domestic cricket commencing today Thursday. Significantly the advent of four-day domestic cricket is expected to be an upswing to upgrading the standard so as to optimise its international cricket. Accordingly, the second phase will see the cream of teams in the fray. SSC, the Group A leaders will take on SL Ports Authority fourth placed in Group B at the   P. Saravanamuththu Stadium commencing tomorrow Thursday. Other matches commencing the same day will see second placed Ragama CC in Group A take on NCC who are third placed in Group B at Colts… Read More →

Record breaking U19 Player Hasitha Boyagoda a double edged gem

Hasitha Boyagoda

Sri Lanka Under-19 Opener Hasitha Boyagoda, who made the highest score in Under 19 ODIs while batting in the match against Kenya in the ongoing World Cup in New Zealand, is also an academically bright student hailing from Trinity College, Kandy. He was the college best Advanced Level student in Commerce in 2017 in the English medium. It is an exemplary feat emulating Kumar Sangakkara who was best student in Arts in 1997, according to Trinity’s Prefect of Games, Shane de Silva. He has obtained 4 A’s in Commerce, Accounts, Economics and English and was placed second best student in the Kandy district, and 62nd island-wide.  “Hasitha is one of Trinity’s best prospects in the sporting arena as well as… Read More →