Dimuth Karunaratne says, ‘Change in mindset enabled me to score big runs; my focus definitely on 20 to 25 test tons’

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Sri Lanka’s opening batsman, Dimuth Karunaratne says that changing his mindset to counter attack fast bowlers had enabled him to improve his batting, particularly the first innings performances. He credited Head Coach, Chandka Hathurusinghe for creating this change in his batting approach. The 30-year old Karunaratne with 3,542 test runs from 51 matches and 99 innings and 8 tons and 17 half tons, who had a phenomenal run with the bat in Sri Lanka’s 2-nil test series triumph over South Africa said that ‘I have definitely set my sights on completing 20 to 25 test centuries on the basis of 4 an year.’ Following are excerpts of the exclusive interview given by Karunaratne to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) website: (Q)…. Read More →

Sri Lanka A and Bangladesh A joint one-day champs

Sri Lanka A and Bangladesh A were declared joint one-day champions after the 3-match unofficial one-day series was tied at 1-all with the third match called off following heavy rain at the Sylhet Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday. The rains came down after the host team had just started to bat after Sri Lanka A totaled 240 for 9 wickets in 45 overs. The Lankan innings was boosted by opening batsman Sadeera Samarawickrema who top scored with 75 off 83 balls inclusive of 10 boundaries. He was associated in a 130-run second wicket alliance with Ashan Priyanjan who made 53 at a run rate of 6.1 at a run rate of 6.2 an over for the second wicket. Priyanjan’s knock… Read More →

Sri Lanka make clean sweep of South Africa winning second test by 199 runs

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Sri Lanka defeated South Africa comprehensively by 199 runs with more than a day to spare to make a clean sweep of the Hero Cup 2-test series overcoming a sixth-wicket rear guard resistance that briefly threatened to stall the hosts. It was all over by 1.22 p.m. on the fourth day at the SSC grounds and a jubilant skipper Suranga Lakmal hailed the result and the series triumph saying ‘all our hard work of intensive training ahead of the series paid off.’ “We knew from the start that we could win by outplaying South Africa through spin which is their weak point,” said Lakmal at the post-match conference in the wake of three successive back to back test match wins… Read More →

Sri Lanka set for clean sweep – South Africa tottering on 139/5 on third day chasing 490 to win

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Sri Lanka had reduced South Africa to 139 for 5 wickets at the end of the third day’s play having set a victory target of 490 in more than 2 days and a half at the SSC grounds on Sunday. Sri Lanka declared the second innings on 275 for 5 at 1.50 p.m. after Angelo Mathews had exited for 71. Speaking at the team post-play conference, Angelo Mathews announced that ‘our game plan was to bat just over an hour to further wear off the wicket for our spinners to bowl out South Africa. “We have as much as two and a half days to do that and we have put ourselves in a position to do just that,” the… Read More →

Sri Lanka wrest control of second test – lead South Africa by 365 with 7 wickets intact

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Sri Lanka was in firm control of the second test with an overall lead of 365 runs with 7 wickets intact having rekindled the ghosts of Galle on South Africa who were shot out for 124 in 34.5 overs in two sessions in an all-spin three pronged attack on the second day of the second test match at the SSC grounds on Saturday. At the wickets were Dimuth Karunaratne on 59 off 92 balls inclusive of 8 boundaries and and Angelo Mathews on 12 off 15 with 2 boundaries as the home team consolidated on the fine efforts of Akila Dananjaya who finished with 5 wickets for 52 and Dilruwan Perera 4 for 40 respectively. Having totaled 338 for a… Read More →

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 →