Sri Lanka takes series with thrilling win

Sri Lanka Beat England by 100 runs in the 2nd Test and seal the test Series

Sri Lanka beat England with just one ball to spare, winning the second Test by 100 runs amidst mounting tension and drama at Headingley on Tuesday (June 24), to take the two-match series 1-0. The result meant Sri Lanka won its first series of more than one Test on English soil. It had previously won the one-off Test at The Oval in 1998, a game remembered for Muttiah Muralitharan’s match haul of 16 wickets. This was also Sri Lanka’s third win in England, having won a Test at Trent Bridge in 2006. The first Test had also ended in a thrilling finish, with Sri Lanka holding on for a draw with nine wickets down. For large parts of Tuesday, it… Read More →

Mathews, Prasad put Sri Lanka in command

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Dhammika Prasad took a four-wicket burst after after Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, had hit a magnificent hundred, to leave the visitors in sight of victory at the end of the fourth day of the second Test at Headingley. England reached stumps on Monday (June 23) at 57 for 5, with nightwatchman Liam Plunkett dismissed in what what was to be the last over of the day. At close, England still needed a further 293 runs for victory with Joe Root unbeaten on 6. History is on Sri Lanka’s side. England’s highest fourth-innings chase is 332 against Australia at Melbourne in 1928-29. Interestingly, only Australia has made more in the fourth innings to win a Test at Headingley, when… Read More →

Jayawardena leads Sri Lanka’s resistance

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Mahela Jayawardena helped Sri Lanka gain a lead of more than a hundred runs in the second Test at Headingley after Moeen Ali proved his utility with the ball for England on Sunday (June 22). Sri Lanka was 214 for 4, with a lead of 106, in its second innings at stumps on Day 3. In what is only his second Test, Moeen, the occasional offspinner, took Sri Lanka by surprise with two wickets for no runs in three balls when he removed Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne. At the end of the day, Jayawardena was unbeaten on 55 while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, was 24 not out. With two days left, all results are possible and it… Read More →

Sri Lanka strikes back after Robson hundred

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Sam Robson’s maiden Test century helped England nudge ahead, but late strikes helped Sri Lanka fight back on the second day of the second Test at Headingley on Saturday (June 21). England went into stumps at 320 for 6 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 257, a lead of 63, after Robson made 127 in only his second Test. England, cruising along at 311 for 3 at one stage, suddenly lost three wickets in the space of four overs, with Shaminda Eranga, the pacer, doing bulk of the damage. Matt Prior (3 not out) and Chris Jordan (4 not out) then negotiated a tricky five-over passage, much to England’s relief. England resumed the day on 36 without loss after Sri Lanka… Read More →

Sri Lanka clings on in Lord’s thriller

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Nuwan Pradeep survived the final five balls of the match as Sri Lanka clung on for a thrilling draw with England in the first Test at Lord’s on Monday (June 16). They will go to Headingley on Friday all square with one to play.The expected overnight declaration set the day up as one in which Sri Lanka required 390 runs and England required 10 wickets. Or, much more likely, neither requirement would be met and the docile pitch could be declared the winner. Though James Anderson beat the bat under cloudy skies during an impressive new ball spell, it was Stuart Broad who got the breakthrough, inducing Dimuth Karunaratne to pop one up to short leg where Sam Robson took a sharp… Read More →

Prasanna to be replaced by Vithanage due to injury

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Media Release Sri Lankan wicket keeper batsman Prasanna Jayawardena will be returning home at the completion of the ongoing 1st Test match played against England. He will be returning due to a finger injury suffered in the current Test Match. Prasanna’s place in the touring squad will be replaced by Left hand Batsman Kithruwan Vithanage. The replacement was decided by the National Selectors which received Ministerial approval. Vithanage will be joining the rest of the squad tomorrow.

Ballance ton tilts it England’s way

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On an unexpectedly competitive day, Angelo Mathews secured his third Test century before his bowlers, led by a brilliant Shaminda Eranga and a cunning Rangana Herath, gave Sri Lanka a sniff of a gettable fifth-day target. That possibility receded as Gary Ballance, England’s last recognised batsman, found sufficient support from Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad to take the lead out of sight by the close, posting his own maiden century. Leading by 122 on the first count, England closed the day on 267 for 8, an overall lead of 389 and well placed to force the initiative on the final day. On a cloudy fourth morning on Sunday (June 15), with the lights on, both sides achieved its immediate objectives for the day… Read More →

Sangakkara century bolsters Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka saved the follow on with a dazzling century from Kumar Sangakkara and a highly responsible undefeated 79 from Angelo Mathews, the captain, but trailed England by 160 runs with three first-innings wickets in hand and two days to play. Moeen Ali took his maiden Test wicket and Matt Prior proved his fitness with three more catches to give him four in the innings so far. On a still blameless pitch, it’ll need a collapse from one side or the other – something not beyond the realms of possibility – if a result will be forthcoming in this First Test of the two-Test series. Floodlights rather than sunlight illuminated Lord’s, as the promised clouds rolled in to greet the… Read More →

Root, Prior propel England

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A greenish Lord’s track tempted Angelo Mathews into inserting a new-look England, but Joe Root’s unbeaten century steered the home side to a formidable 344 for 5 at close on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Thursday (June 12). England took toll of a tiring attack in the third session of the day. Moeen Ali’s debut 48 had shown real promise, but England will be most pleased with the recalled Matt Prior’s punchy unbeaten 76 from 103 balls, the kind of momentum-shifting innings that fuelled his career before his form fell away so dismally in 2013. With three authentic stroke-makers to come in England’s late order, the Lankan bowling will need to show… Read More →

Sri Lanka wins series after six-wicket win

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Sri Lanka proved too strong for England in the fifth and final One-Day International at Edgbaston on Tuesday (June 3), winning by six wickets to clinch a 3-2 series victory. First paceman Lasith Malinga took 3 for 50 as Sri Lanka restricted England to 219. Then, after Sri Lanka was 62 for 3, half-centuries from Mahela Jayawardena (53) and Lahiru Thirimanne (60 not out), and captain Angelo Mathews’s 42 not out in 34 balls took Sri Lanka home with ten balls left in the innings. There was a controversial moment during England’s innings when Sachithra Senanayake Mankaded Jos Buttler. Mathews upheld the appeal – it was a perfectly legitimate dismissal – and Buttler was out for 21. Sri Lanka, set… Read More →

Sri Lanka name squad for England Tests

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named the following players for the Test Squad of the England tour. Squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain ), Lahiru Thirimanne (Vice Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Chanaka Welagedara, Dhammika Prasad The Hon.Minister of Sports and SLC ExCo has approved same.

Sangakkara masterclass trumps Buttler blitz

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Sri Lanka levelled the series in a Lord’s thriller in which two batsmen stood head and shoulders above their team-mates. Sri Lanka needed a magnificent century from Kumar Sangakkara, who got support from a scratchy Tillakaratne Dilshan to set a highly competitive target of 301. That looked plenty enough for the win until Jos Buttler joined Ravi Bopara in the 29th over and proceeded to hit almost every ball out of the middle, posting an extraordinary century of his own. But even that wasn’t quite enough to secure a most unexpected of wins. The winning margin of seven runs, with the result still in the balance in the 100th over of the day, was the first close result of the… Read More →

Jordan leads England’s rout of Sri Lanka

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Three days after England fell to a 157-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, it bounced back with a 10-wicket win against the same opponents in the third One-Day International at Old Trafford on Wednesday (May 28). Chris Jordan, with career-best figures of 5 for 29, led the English attack as Sri Lanka, after being put in to bat in overcast conditions, folded for just 67 in 24 overs. The target was easily overhauled by England captain Alastair Cook (30 not out), who was returning from injury, and fellow opener Ian Bell (41 not out), Bell finishing things off in the 13th over with a six off spinner Rangana Herath. Earlier, after rain delayed the match start by 20… Read More →

Sri Lanka cruise to victory in Durham

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Impressive Sri Lanka levelled the Royal London One-Day International Series with a comprehensive 157-run win over England at the Emirates Durham ICG. Having been asked to bat under typically overcast skies, the tourists forewent their usual brand of attacking strokeplay in favour of a controlled approach. It paid dividends, too, as Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 88 secured a total of 256 for eight on a surface that consistently offered a smattering of assistance to seam. England were left to rue a lacklustre display in the field, too, with 15 wides and a couple of dropped catches proving costly. Even so, hopes were high of chasing a total that appeared par until Nuwan Kulasekara rocked England’s top order with three quick wickets. But… Read More →