Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 3 wickets in T20 encounter


Sri Lanka’s strolled to a 3-wicket win over South Africa who caved in to spin once again being shot out for 98 in just 16.4 overs in the solitary T20 International at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday. The Lankans replied with 99 for 7 wickets in 16 overs with Dinesh Chandimal unbeaten on 36 and Isuru Udana on 5 having hit the winning boundary. Skipper Angelo Mathews maximized his three pronged spin attack to gain the whip hand by exploiting the South Africans susceptibility against spin. He operated with the pace-spin new ball combination of Kasun Rajitha and Dhananjaya de Silva who started the slide removing star batsman Hashim Amla for a duck in 1.5 overs with the total… Read More →

Mathews and Dananjaya star as Sri Lanka crush South Africa by 178 runs

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Skipper Angelo Mathews struck a run a ball unbeaten 97 and Akila Dananjaya claimed 6 wickets for 29 in leading Sri Lanka to a pride salvaging facile 178-run triumph over South Africa in the fifth and final day-night international on Sunday at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Dananjaya wrought havoc sending down 9 overs in bundling out the opposition for 121 in just 24.4 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 299 for 8 wickets from 50 overs. It was a fitting coming from behind triumph for the hosts having trailed 0-3 to winning the last two matches in a 2-3 series loss. Suranga Lakmal starting the rot by clean bowling Hashim Amla in his fourth ball for a duck. From that… Read More →

India U-19 beat SL U-19 by 8 wickets to take series 3-2

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India Under-19 beat Sri Lanka Under-19 by 8 wickets in the fifth one-day match to take the 5-match series 3-2 at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium on Friday. Having restricted the Lankans to 212 for 9 in 50 overs, the Indians breezed to 214 for 2 in 42.4 overs spearheaded by a fine unbeaten 114 by opening batsman Y. Jaiswal. Having batted first after winning the toss, the bulk of the host’s frontline batsmen failed to capitalize on opening batsman K.N.M. Fernando’s superb 95 as seven wickets fell for 41 runs in just 12 overs. Fernando defied the Indian bowling attack overcoming the early setbacks of the first wicket falling with the total on 32, and  the second at 33 off… Read More →

Sadeera and Dimuth pound centuries in SL Emerging Team’s 215-run win

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Sadeera Samarawickrema struck 141 and Dimuth Karunaratne 125 combining in a 252-run alliance for the first wicket as Sri Lanka Emerging Team crushed the South Africa Emerging Team by a whopping    215 runs in the first of three one-day matches at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Thursday. Batting first after winning the toss, the hosts posted a massive 376 for 3 wickets in 50 overs and bowled out the visitors for 161 in 33.1 overs. The Lankans were off to a great start with the massive partnership coming off 38.1 overs. Samarawickrema’s 127-ball knock contained 17 boundaries and a six while Karunaratne’s 117-ball innings was studded with 14 boundaries as the pair pounded the South African bowlers to all… Read More →

Sri Lanka win nerve tingling rain hit contest by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won a nerve tingling rain hit contest by 3 runs after Suranga Lakmal got rid of danger man David Miller whom he clean bowled in the second ball of the final over with South Africa needing 8 runs to win in an over that yielded just 4 runs after the visitors were set a revised target of 191 to win in 21 overs on the Duckworth & Lewis method in the fourth day-night ODI at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. That was after Sri Lanka amassed a whopping 306 for 7 in a maximum of 39 overs on the back of  a run assault launched by Dasun Shanaka who scored a hurricane 34-ball 65 showcased by… Read More →

India Under-19 win fourth one-dayer to level series 2-all

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India Under-19 won the fourth one-day match against Sri Lanka Under 19 by 135 runs at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa on Tuesday. With this win the Indians levelled the 5-match series 2-all to set up a decisive final clash at the same venue on Friday, August 10. The host team was handicapped by the absence of five of its players who did duty in the previous games as they were sitting the GCE (A.L) Examination. Batting first, India Under-19 scored 278 for 6 wickets in 50 overs and dismissed the host team for 143 in 37.2 overs.  The Indian innings was anchored by opening batsman D. Padikkal who scored 71 off 91 balls hitting 8 boundaries and a six…. Read More →

SL Emerging Team fall short by 31 in drawn match; take series 1-nil

The second unofficial test match between Sri Lanka Emerging Team and South Africa Emerging Team was drawn at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota during the week-end. The hosts held the initiative having taken a first innings lead of 103 runs having totaled 319 in reply to the visitors 216.  Sri Lanka Emerging Team won the two match series 1-0. However, the South Africa Emerging Team rallied to amass 393 for 6 wickets declared in the second innings spearheaded by a captain’s knock of 103 off 167 deliveries by T. de Zorzi inclusive of 10 boundaries. R. van Tonder made 68 retiring hurt in a 117-ball knock containing 6 boundaries and 2 sixes. Fernando took 2 for 33 and… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under-19 beat India Under-19 by 7 runs; Lead series 2-1

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Sri Lanka Under-19 beat India Under-19 by 7 runs in the third one-day match at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in the 5-match series. Batting first, Sri Lanka Under-19 was all out for 220 in 49.3 overs and dismissed the opposition for 213 in 49.3 overs. The Lankan innings was boosted by opening batsmen N.D. Paranavithana who made 51 off 73 balls inclusive of 6 boundaries and K.N.M. Fernando who scored 42 off 69 containing 4 boundaries. The pair laid the platform upfront posting 100 runs for the first wicket in 22.4 overs. Skipper Nipun Dhananjaya Perera then chipped in with a 51-ball 26 hitting 2 boundaries while the total was further propped… Read More →

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 78 runs to take 3-nil lead and seal series


South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 78 runs in the decisive third ODI at the Pallekelle International Stadium on Sunday to seal the 5-match series with an unassailable 3-nil lead. The visitors, put in to bat, posted a whopping 363 for 7 wickets in 50 overs to which the hosts were dismissed for 285 in 45.2 overs. The South Africans, who were put into bat, went on a run spree on the back of a debut three figure score of Reeza Hendricks who made 102 and Paul Duminy 92. Hendricks’ century off 89 balls inclusive of 8 boundaries and a six was the fastest ODI ton by a debutant as he put on 78  runs for the fourth wicket with… Read More →

Sri Lanka under 19 wins 2nd One Day against India Under 19 – thanks to a captains knock by Nipun Dananjaya

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Sri Lanka Under-19 pulled off an emphatic 5-wicket win over the India Under-19 in the second one-day match thanks to an unbeaten captain’s knock of 92 by Nipun Dananjaya Perera to level the 5-match series 1-all at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds on Thursday. The Lankans thus registered their first win in the home tour versus their counterparts having lost the two test matches and the first one-dayer. The home team chased down a target of 194 with 26 deliveries to spare after bowling out their counterparts for 193 in 47 overs. Perera’s 112-ball match winning knock contained 7 boundaries with fine support lent by P. Sooriyabandara who made 52 off 71 balls, inclusive of 5 boundaries. They shared in… Read More →

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets to take 2-nil lead

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South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets propelled by a fine 87 off 78 balls by Quinton de Kock as the visitors made 246 for 6 in 42. 5 overs after Sri Lanka had won the toss and totaled 244 for 8 wickets in 50 overs in the day-night second ODI match at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Wednesday. De Kock struck 13 boundaries and a six posting 91 for the first wicket with Hashim Amla who broke a long drought of poor form scoring 43 in an equal number of deliveries inclusive of 6 boundaries. Skipper Faf du Plessis boosted the run chase with 49 off 41 with 3 boundaries and 2 sixes. The Lankan fielding wilted… Read More →

Sri Lanka U-19 XI lose first ODI by 4 wickets to India U-19 XI

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Sri Lanka Under-19 Team went down by 6 wickets to India Under-19 in the first of 5 ODI series at the P. Saravanamuththu Stadium on Monday. The hosts, batting first totaled 143 for 4 wickets in 37.1 overs to which the visitors replied with 144 for 4 in 37.1 overs. The Lankans having opted to take first lease on winning the toss came a cropper to the Indians bowling attack with wickets falling at regular intervals. Only skipper Dananjaya Perera, batting at No.3 offered resistance scoring 33 off 45 balls inclusive of 4 boundaries as the host team slumped from 1 for 16 to 8 for 99. At that stage No.9 batsman Nipun Malinga struck a rearguard 38 off 39… Read More →

The Sri Lanka Emerging Team come from behind to register remarkable 4-wicket win

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The Sri Lanka Emerging Team came from behind to register a remarkable 4-wicket win over the South Africa Emerging Team in the first of two four-day matches played at the Chilaw Marians Grounds, Katunayake on Sunday. The host team romped home on the fourth and final day reaching a 310-run victory target having trailed the visiting team by 200 runs in the first innings. It was achieved on a superb 91 off 166 balls by skipper Kaushal Silva inclusive of 10 boundaries as he led from the front after off spinner Malinda Pushpakumara claimed 6 for 45 to bundle out the opposition to 109 in their second innings. Pushpakumara had a match bag of 12 for 171. P.H.K.D. Mendis struck… Read More →

Sri Lanka lose opening ODI to South Africa by 5 wickets


Sri Lanka lost the opening ODI to South Africa by 5 wickets with the hosts having elected to bat on winning the toss being dismissed for 193 in 34.3 overs at a run rate of 5.59 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday.  South Africa replied with 196 for 5 wickets in 31 overs at a run rate of 6.32 an over with J.P. Duminy putting the finishing touches with an unbeaten 53 off 32 balls laced with 6 boundaries and 2 sixes. He posted 43 runs for the sixth wicket with David Miller who made 10 off 13 balls in putting his side on course with the pair having come together with the total on 129 for 4…. Read More →

Kaushal Silva says, “A great opportunity to lead from the front and perform


SRI LANKA EMERGING XI HOME TOUR VS. SOUTH AFRICA EMERGING XI Kaushal Silva, Captain of the Sri Lanka Emerging Team said that it was a great opportunity to lead from the front and that he looked forward to channeling the player resources available to him to outplay the visiting South Africa Emerging Team during the July-August home series. “I love to lead from the front and will do my best to impress with the bat and win a national recall as well as getting the better of our South African counterparts. It is a great opportunity and the platform for myself to play well and get back to the national team as well as my team to catch the eye… Read More →