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 →

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 →

Sri Lanka plans bigger comeback despite minor setback

Sri Lankan batsman Niroshan Dickwella plays a shot during the fifth and last One Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Supersport park cricket ground on February 10, 2017 in Centurion, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTIAAN KOTZE

Following Sri Lanka’s stunning last-ball win over Australia during the second T20 match on Sunday at Geelong’s Kardinia Park, the team despite a few setbacks will return to clinch the trophy, in what hopes to be a whitewash of the series in Australia. 5-0 is Sri Lanka’s win-loss record in T20s in Australia to-date. It is the second best record in a country without losing a game. Australia is the only country where Sri Lanka hasn’t lost a T20, and they are the only team unbeaten in Australia. “The team has performed very well during the last two T20 matches in Australia and are preparing well for the third. Despite the fact that Niroshan Dickwella will not be playing the… Read More →

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

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 →

Gunaratne muscles Sri Lanka to series win

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring the winning run 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 --

A spectacular unbeaten 84 by Asela Gunaratne helped Sri Lanka edge out Australia by two wickets and clinch the three-match Twenty20 International series with a game to spare in Geelong on Sunday (February 19). Gunaratne, the right-hand batsman, hammered six fours and five sixes during his 46-ball knock as Sri Lanka hunted down Australia’s 173 all out by reaching 176 for 8 off the final ball of the 20th over. Gunaratne brought up the victory when he smashed the last ball of the match, from Andrew Tye, over cover for the winning boundary. It was the second time in three nights that Sri Lanka had pulled off a last-ball victory. Chamara Kapugedera had hammered a boundary to win Friday’s opening… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සමග 20 – 20 තරගාවලියට ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව හොඳින් සූදානම් වෙයි

Sri Lanka v Australia

මේ මස 17 සිට 22 දක්වා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රි ලංකා – ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා 20 – 20 තරග තුනක තරගාවලිය සඳහා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව මේ වන විට සූදානම් වෙමින් සිටී.   මේ තරග තුනට පෙර ලංකා කණ්ඩායම පුහුණු තරගයකට ද සහභගි වීමට නියමිතය. දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ ක්‍රිකට් සංචාරයකට සහභාගි වන ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම සිකුරාදා (10) පස්වන හා අවසාන එක්දින තරගයට සහභාගි වීමෙන් පසුව 13 වැනිදා 20 – 20 තරගාවලියට ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව බලා යති.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් ක්‍රීඩකයන් තිදෙනෙකු මේ කණ්ඩායමට සහභාගි වීමට එහි යන අතර දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ සිටින අතිරික්ත ක්‍රීඩකයන් ආපසු මෙහි පැමිණේ. පුහුණු 20 – 20 තරගය 13 වැනිදා පැවැත්වනුයේ ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු අගමැති මැල්කම් ටර්න්බුල් මහතාගේ කණ්ඩායම සමගය.  එහි යන ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම පිළිගැනීමට උත්සවයක් සංවිධානය කර ඇති අතර එදින රාත්‍රී එරට අග්‍රාමාත්‍යයරයා රාත්‍රී භෝජන සංග්‍රහයක් ද පැවැත්වීමට… Read More →

Sri Lanka to play three T20 matches in Australia

The National Selections Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket is expected to meet this Tuesday (7) to decide the national squad for three T20 matches that Sri Lanka will play against Australia from 15th to 23rd February. Prior to the meeting however, it has been announced that Captain Angelo Mathews will not be part of the squad as he has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. The skipper sustained an injury during the second T20 International at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg last month. Although he had made prior arrangements to leave during some point of the tour, he made an early exit following his injury. The meeting on Tuesday will decide the squad and the captain who will… Read More →