Dilshan blitz bags Sri Lanka consolation win

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Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a swashbuckling 74 off 51 balls as Sri Lanka beat South Africa by six wickets in the last of the three Twenty20s, on Tuesday (Aug 6). The result not only helped avoid a 3-0 whitewash, it also ensured Sri Lanka retained its No. 1 status in Twenty20. Already down 0-2 in the series, Sri Lanka was spirited in its chase of South Africa’s 163 for 3 and eventually won with 11 balls to spare. While South Africa won the series 2-1, after losing the One-Day International series 1-4, Tuesday’s win was doubly important for Sri Lanka as a 3-0 whitewash would have pushed it down to No. 3 in the T20 rankings behind Pakistan and South Africa…. Read More →

South Africa seals series with 22-run win

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South Africa sealed a 22-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 International in Hambantota on Sunday (August 4), with an all-round show, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. JP Duminy hit 30 off 23 balls and David Miller provided the fireworks with an aggressive 21-ball 36 as South Africa reached 145 for 6 after electing to take first strike in the day-night match under windy conditions. Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel then claimed two wickets each as Sri Lanka, the world’s top-ranked T20 side, was restricted to 123 for 7 by an impressive South African fielding display. Kumar Sangakkara played a lone hand for Sri Lanka with an attractive 39 off 35 balls, but he… Read More →

Duminy powers South Africa to 12-run win

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South Africa put its campaign in Sri Lanka back on track when it won the first of the three Twenty20 Internationals by 12 runs in Colombo on Friday (August 2) evening, having lost the One-Day International series 4-1 earlier. The hero for the South Africans was JP Duminy, who top scored with 51 in 52 balls out of a modest total of 115 for 6 after Faf du Plessis had won the toss, and then took three Sri Lankan wickets as Sri Lanka was restricted to 103 for 9, despite a strong counter-attack from Kumar Sangakkara. Sachithra Senanayake was brilliant for Sri Lanka early on as his figures read 3-0-8-3, the scalps being those of Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock… Read More →

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 128 runs in fifth ODI

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Sri Lanka overwhelmed South Africa by 128 runs in the fifth and final one-day international in Colombo to complete a 4-1 series defeat. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored a challenging 307-4 in 50 overs. Dilshan hit 13 boundaries in his 110-ball innings and shared 163 runs for the second wicket with No. 3 batsman Lahiru Thirimanne (68). Sangakkara faced just 45 deliveries and hit 12 boundaries. South Africa started the run chase with promise but was dismissed for 179 in the 44th over. Captain AB de Villiers top scored with 51. Seamer Suranga Lakmal and spinner Ajantha Mendis took three wickets each. Scores: Sri Lanka 307-4 in 50 overs (T Dilshan 99, L Thirimanne… Read More →

Sri Lanka Team for the T20 Series against South Africa 2013

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Media Release The Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held, selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the forthcoming T20 matches against South Africa. The Hon.  Minister of Sports has been approved the following squad. Dinesh Chandimal (Captain) Lasith Malinga (Vice Captain) K J Perera T M Dilshan Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardana Angelo Mathews Lahiru Thirimana Angelo Perera Jeevan Mendis Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Sachithra Senanayaka Ajantha Mendis

National Squad for the 5th ODI against South Africa

The Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held on 29th July 2013 selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the 5th ODI match against South Africa to be played on the 31st July 2013, The Hon.  Minister of Sports has been approved the following squad. Angelo Mathews(c) Dinesh Chandimal(vc) TM Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Lahiru Thirimanne Kumar Sangakkara Angelo Perera Thisara Perera Suranga Lakmal Shaminda Eranga Vimukthi Perera Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Dimuth Karunaratne Chathuranga de Silva Nuwan Kulasekara was not considered for selection since he is still recovering from an injury, Mahela Jayawardena, Lasith Malinga & Rangana Herath have been rested.    

All-round Dilshan stars as Sri Lanka wins series

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Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara pulverised South Africa’s bowling as Sri Lanka took a decisive 3-1 lead in its five-match One-Day International series with an eight-wicket victory in Pallekele on Sunday (July 28). Dilshan was unbeaten on 115 and Sangakkara made 91 during a record second-wicket partnership of 184 runs to take the hosts past South Africa’s 238. Dilshan’s 17th ODI century was studded with 16 boundaries. Sangakkara kept pace with his partner with eight fours and two sixes. The pair put on Sri Lanka’s highest ODI stand for any wicket against South Africa. Sangakkara missed his second hundred in the series when he holed out in the deep off Morne Morkel when just ten more were needed for victory…. Read More →

South Africa stays alive with 56-run win

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David Miller and Lonwabo Tsotsobe played key roles as South Africa stunned Sri Lanka by 56 runs in the third One-Day International in Pallekele on Friday (July 26) to stay afloat in the five-match series. Miller plundered a robust 85 not out off 72 balls to steer the team to 223 for 7 after Ajantha Mendis had reduced South Africa to 154 for 7 in the 42nd over. Tsotsobe then ripped through the Sri Lankan top order with three wickets in the space of six runs before finishing with 4 for 22, as Sri Lanka was bundled out for 167 in the day-night game. The victory ended South Africa’s 11-match losing streak in one-day cricket on Sri Lankan soil and… Read More →