South Africa survives spirited chase to go 4-0 up

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

Du Plessis’s career-best 185 leads home team to 367/5 before Sri Lanka’s challenge ends at 327 Faf du Plessis’s career-best 185 and a four-wicket haul by Wayne Parnell guided South Africa to a 40-run win over Sri Lanka in the fourth One Day International at Newlands on Tuesday (February 7). Already having gained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, South Africa took full advantage of good batting conditions after winning the toss. Du Plessis hit his second century of the series and ended only three short of a South African record, as the home side piled up 367 for 5. However, Sri Lanka showed spirit in the chase, led by Upul Tharanga’s 90-ball 119. However, the reply ended at… Read More →

De Villiers, Pretorius lead South Africa to series win

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

Sri Lanka lose by seven wickets after being bowled out for just 163, as home side takes a winning 3-0 lead An all-round South Africa took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match One-Day International series with a convincing seven-wicket victory in the third ODI in Johannesburg on Saturday (February 4). In a perfect game that started with winning the toss, South Africa’s bowlers first combined to shoot out Sri Lanka for a paltry 163 in 39.2 overs before AB de Villiers’s unbeaten 60 led it to victory in just 32 overs. Sri Lanka’s batsmen, barring Niroshan Dickwella who made 74, capitulated against a relentless attack in a must-win game. Dwayne Pretorius, playing in his first match of the series,… Read More →

Du Plessis, Miller centuries set up big South African win

South African Francois du Plessis celebrates his 100 runs during the second One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Kingsmead cricket ground on February 1, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKY

Sri Lanka goes 2-0 down in five-match ODI series after folding for 186 in response to the home side’s 307/6 Centuries from Faf du Plessis and David Miller set up South Africa’s comprehensive 121-run victory in the second of five One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka in Durban on Wednesday (February 1). On a good batting track, South Africa was put in and it didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, posting a formidable 307 for 6. Du Plessis made 105 off 120 balls, while Miller finished the innings with a burst of power-hitting to make 117 not out off 98 deliveries. Sri Lanka was left to rue the decision during the chase. It had rejigged the opening combination, Upul… Read More →

Tahir, batsmen seal easy win for South Africa

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

Amla and du Plessis hit half-centuries to steer comfortable chase of 182 against Sri Lanka in first ODI Imran Tahir (3 for 26) and Wayne Parnell (3 for 48) set up a facile eight-wicket win for South Africa with 15.4 overs to spare in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka St George’s Park on Saturday (January 28). South Africa did well to bowl Sri Lanka out for 181 after opting to field on a two-paced and slow pitch — more suited to the visiting side than the home side — and was equally clinical in the chase with both Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hitting fluent half-centuries. With the required run-rate below four runs per over, Quinton de… Read More →

SLC announces 16-member squad for ODIs in South Africa

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Sri Lanka Cricket National Selection Committee, led by Chairman Sanath Jayasuriya has announced the names of 16 players who are to be included in Sri Lanka’s one-day International (ODI) for the ongoing series against South Africa. Sri Lanka will play five ODI matches as part of this series from January 28th to February 10th , 2017. The names on the squad are: Upul Tharanga – Captain Dinesh Chandimal Dhananjaya de Silva Niroshan Dickwella Sandun Weerakkody Kusal Mendis Asela Gunarathne Chathuranga de Silva Sachith Pathirana Jeffery Vandersay Lakshan Sandakan Lahiru Madushanka Nuwan Kulasekara Lahiru Kumara Suranga Lakmal Vikum Sanjaya The squad will be captained by Upul Tharanga due to the absence of Angelo Mathews who exited from the series on personal… Read More →

Dickwella, Prasanna take Sri Lanka to series win

Members of the Sri Lankan team celebrate after winning the T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Newlands Stadium on January 25, 2017, in Cape Town.  / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

AB de Villiers’s 44-ball 63 on international comeback goes in vain as visiting side chases down South Africa’s 169/5 to win deciding T20I. Sri Lanka created history, defeating South Africa by five wickets with a ball to spare in the third and final Twenty20 International in Cape Town on Wednesday (January 25) to secure a 2-1 series victory. It was the first time Sri Lanka had won a series in any format in the country. The architects of Sri Lanka’s successful chase of 170 is Niroshan Dickwella (68 in 51 balls), who shared a third-wicket stand of 71 with Dhananjaya de Silva, and Seekkuge Prasanna, who scored a career-best 37 not out off just 16 balls with three fours and… Read More →

Upul Tharanga to Captain ODI matches against South Africa

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga celebrates his team's good bowling innings during the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka’s 31-year-old batting talisman has been chosen to captain the country’s five One Day International matches against South Africa starting in Port Elizabeth this Saturday (28). The left-hand-batsman will captain the ODI series in South Africa in the absence of Angelo Mathews who returned home this week. Mathews had informed the management of Sri Lanka Cricket that he may need to take time off to be with his family. A hamstring injury on the 2nd T- 20 on Sunday ruled him out of the match forcing the skipper to make an early exit for the rest of the series. Both Nuwan Pradeep and Dhanushka Gunathilaka also returned to Sri Lanka on Tuesday owing to their injuries. Meanwhile… Read More →

SLC clears the air on player injuries

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23rd January 2017, Colombo: Captain of Sri Lanka’s national team Angelo Mathews is expected to return to Sri Lanka to join his family this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced citing that prior to the tour Mathews had indicated that he would need time off to be there for the birth of his first child. SLC on Monday confirmed that he has been granted permission to return home. The next T-20 match which is to be held on the 25th of this month will be captained by Dinesh Chandimal. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and opener Dhanuskha Gunathilaka are expected to return home to Sri Lanka today, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed citing that both players are in… Read More →

Wounded Mathews wins it for Sri Lanka

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Skipper remains unbeaten on 54 as visiting side levels T20I series with three-wicket victory Angelo Mathews, and by extension the Sri Lanka team, was down but certainly not out. Battling injury, the captain smacked two sixes in the last over to give his team a series-levelling three-wicket win in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday (January 22). Mathews made an unbeaten 54 as Sri Lanka chased down South Africa’s total of 113 with two balls left. However, the win came at a price. Mathews may have to sit out for the rest of the tour after rolling his right ankle when he put in a dive to avoid being run… Read More →

Miller, Ngidi set up win in rain-shortened match

South African batsman Heino Khun plays a shot during the first T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 20, 2017 at Supersport park in Centurion, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka falls 19 runs short after South Africa powers to 126 for 6 in ten-overs-a-side contest David Miller’s quick fire 40 helped set up South Africa’s victory over Sri Lanka. David Miller hit 40 off 18 balls to set up South Africa’s win in a rain-shortened first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on Friday(January 20). Miller’s power hitting enabled South Africa to score 126 for 6 in a match reduced to ten overs a side, before Sri Lanka reached 107 for 6, giving the home side victory by 19 runs. Sri Lanka’s chase was stymied first by Imran Tahir, the legspinner, who took 2 for 23 in his two overs – getting both openers in the sixth… Read More →

New look ammunition Sri Lanka could topple S. Africa in T20 opener

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Battered and bruised in the three Test matches, Sri Lanka does get an opportunity to have a go at South Africa in the shortest version of the game, the T20 at Centurion on Friday January 20. A format that the island nation finds itself more at home as an exponent that has basked in instant cricket being one of the elite five nations to have won cricket’s world cup in 1996, indeed, Angelo Mathews altogether different cast to the ones that featured in the disastrous Test series, could derive morale boosting strength therein when Sri Lanka takes on the obviously odds on home favourites in their own backyard. To six of the Test squad including the talented young duo of… Read More →

Amla 125* in 100th Test, Duminy 155 boost South Africa

South African batsman Hashim Amla celebrates his century in his hundredth test during the third cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 12, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Duo puts on 192-run stand for third wicket as home side finishes Day 1 of third Test against Sri Lanka at 338 for 3 Amla was unbeaten on 125, with 16 fours. Hashim Amla rose to the occasion in his 100th Test match, hitting a timely century, as he and JP Duminy put South Africa in pole position on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday (January 12). South Africa piled on 338 for 3 at stumps, with Amla unbeaten on 125, with 16 fours, at the Wanderers Stadium. Duminy made 155, a knock studded with 19 fours, before he was caught at second slip off Lahiru Kumara in the penultimate over of… Read More →

Sri Lanka National team T20 Squad – Tour of South Africa

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The selection panel of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has picked a 15 – member squad for a T20 to be played in South Africa. The squad for this T20 delegation has representatives from all regions. Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Seekuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunarathna, Sachith Pathirana, Lakshan Sadakan, and Nuwan Kulasekara are scheduled to fly out to South Africa tomorrow. New on the T-20 the 23-year old Thikshila De Silva, is a hard hitting batsman who is also a right arm paceman. Apart from these players skipper Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva will remain in South Africa to make up the T- 20 squad. The T20 match schedule for Sri Lanka vs South… Read More →

Rabada bowls South Africa to series win

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (L) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal (not in picture) during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 5, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Kagiso Rabada’s six-wicket haul helped South Africa crush Sri Lanka by 282 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Newlands on Thursday (January 5). With the massive victory, South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Rabada, the paceman, took three wickets in two overs and finished with 6 for 55 to as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 224 all out in its chase of 507. South Africa wrapped up the win in less than two hours, claiming the remaining six wickets after Sri Lanka resumed on 130 for 4. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, the overnight pair, saw out the first five overs of the day but Rabada struck soon, triggering a… Read More →

Rabada, Philander take South Africa closer to series win

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (2R) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman with teammates during the second Test cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 4, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Home side reduces Sri Lanka to 130/4 at the end of the third day of the Newlands Test in a chase of 507 Kagiso Rabada took the wickets of Kaushal Silva and Dhananjaya de Silva to derail Sri Lanka’s chase Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander took two wickets each as Sri Lanka was left struggling at 130 for 4 in a chase of 507 on the third day of the second Test at Newlands on Wednesday (January 4). South Africa had declared its second innings on 224 for 7 earlier in the afternoon, with Dean Elgar again leading the batting effort. Angelo Mathews (29 not out), the captain, and Dinesh Chandimal (28 not out) were batting at the close, their… Read More →