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Durban Miracle: Kusal Perera's epic lead Sri Lanka to heroic win

16 Feb 2019 - 0     - 2424

Sri Lanka’s middle-order batsman Kusal Perera scored a brilliant unbeaten century to lead them to a famous one-wicket win over South Africa in a thrilling first test at Kingsmead on Saturday.





South Africa admit 'caught off guard' by rejuvenated Sri Lanka

14 Feb 2019 - 0     - 2601

? Top-scorer Quinton de Kock admitted South Africa were “caught off guard” when Sri Lanka bowled them out for 235 on the first day of the first Test at Kingsmead on Wednesday.  Underdogs Sri Lanka, seemingly in disarray going into the match, reached 49 for one at the close to finish the day in a strong position. 



Windies' Gabriel banned for four ODIs over

13 Feb 2019 - 0     - 1379

(Reuters) - West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been banned for the first four one-day internationals against England after being found guilty of “personal abuse” in the St Lucia test, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.  



Off-field distractions have created uncertainty - Chandika Hathurusingha

12 Feb 2019 - 1     - 1483

Sri Lanka have arrived in South Africa in substantial turmoil. Not only have they not won a match since October, the administration and selectors are on poor terms with coach Chandika Hathurusingha, regular Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has been jettisoned for the series, while a very inexperienced squad has been named. Coach Hathurusingha talks to ESPNcricinfo about the challenges he and his team face.



Appeal Committee rejects Mohan, Ravin nomination for cricket election

08 Feb 2019 - 2     - 2684

?Mohan de Silva and Ravin Wickremaratne, two candidate at Sri Lanka Cricket election had their nominations rejected by a Sports Ministry appointed Appeal Committee citing their do not qualify to contest under the existing Sports Law and the regulations enacted thereafter.


All-rounder Mulder added to South Africa Test squad

08 Feb 2019 - 0     - 1233

?Batting all-rounder Wiaan Mulder has been included in South Africa's squad for two Test matches against Sri Lanka, starting in Durban on Wednesday. 


Dimuth replaces Chandimal as skipper: several new faces in the Test squad

05 Feb 2019 - 1     - 2687

?The national cricket selectors have made sweeping changes to the national squad by sacking its skipper and several other misfiring players for the two-match Test series in South Africa. 


The unending Cricket mess

05 Feb 2019 - 2     - 4924


Angelo Perera completes a double double

03 Feb 2019 - 0     - 2059

Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Perera has become just the second man ever to score two double-centuries in the same first-class match.


Mathews ruled out of South Africa Tests; could return for ODIs

03 Feb 2019 - 0     - 1349

Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the two-match Test series against South Africa later this month but could return for the limited over leg starting March 3. The Test series starts on February 13 in Durban.


Hathurusingha on the firing line

03 Feb 2019 - 9     - 9840

The Sports Ministry is seeking legal advice to sack Sri Lankan cricket Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha over his team’s poor performance in the last 13 months.


Sri Lanka's Karunaratne 'in no danger' after bouncer hit

02 Feb 2019 - 0     - 1458

Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne was in “no danger” after being stretchered off in a neck brace following a nasty hit from a bouncer by Pat Cummins in the second cricket Test in Canberra on Saturday.


Starc takes 10 to lead Australia to 2-0 series win

01 Feb 2019 - 0     - 3265

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Fast bowler Mitchell Starc picked up his second five-wicket haul in the match to lead Australia to a comprehensive 366-run victory in the second test against Sri Lanka and a 2-0 series win at Manuka Oval on Monday.


Akila Dananjaya's action to be tested in Chennai

31 Jan 2019 - 0     - 2082

Spin bowler Akila Dananjaya will have his bowling action reassess at the Center for Sports Science (CSS) of the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research in Chennai as Sri Lanka look yo fast track his return to the international fold. 



Avishka joins national team as batting coach

30 Jan 2019 - 0     - 2466

Sri Lanka A coach and former national cricketer Avishka Gunawaradana will fly tonight (January 30) to Australia to replace batting coach Jon Lewis for the second Test starting on Friday. Jon Lewis is on leave to attend a family matter. Gunawardena will fly to Australia tonight to join the team and will remain with the side, until the conclusion of the 2nd test match.


Thisara Perera writes to CEO, request for a change of ODI captaincy

29 Jan 2019 - 4     - 7389

?All-rounder Thisara Perera has called for a change in the limited over captaincy in order to bring in unity and stability in the national side ahead of this year’s cricket World Cup in England.  In a letter  addressed to Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva, Perera added there is no environment  of unity in the side since Lasith Malinga took over the captaincy ahead of the recent New Zealand series.


Chamika Karunaratne replaces injured Kumara for second test

29 Jan 2019 - 0     - 3439

Sri Lanka have called up right-arm fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne to replace the injured Lahiru Kumara for the second Domain Test against Australia in Canberra.  


Injured Lahiru Kumara out for six weeks

27 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1609

?Fast bowler Lahiru Kumara has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury. Accordingly he will miss the second Test against Australia starting next week and the South African series starting next month.


Sri Lanka still a part of my heart- Graham Ford

27 Jan 2019 - 0     - 6245

He had just overseen Surrey’s return to the top tier in English county championships when he was invited by his former employer–Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)–to come on board. It was a tough call for Graham Ford. But the opportunity to return to international level coaching was too good to reject.


Cummins leads Australian rout of Sri Lanka

25 Jan 2019 - 1     - 1218

Australia thrashed a disappointing Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first day-night Test in Brisbane on Saturday.


Aussies enjoy upper hand after bowling Sri Lanka out for 144

24 Jan 2019 - 3     - 2638

A reshuffle of personnel and a change of opponent brought a much-sought shift in performance for Australia who ended the opening day of their Test campaign against Sri Lanka in a position of rare recent strength.



Sri Lankans have 'no choice' but to trust each other amid corruption probe

23 Jan 2019 - 0     - 2217

As their stoic captain talked about the prospect of a "miracle" at the Gabba ahead of Thursday's first Test, one of Sri Lanka's former players suggested the touring side may not even trust each other on the field as an ICC anti-corruption probe continues in the island nation.  


Sun stops play: Fierce sunset halts New Zealand-India cricket match

23 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1975

Rain often disrupts cricket, but in New Zealand it was the sun that forced players off the field on Wednesday during the one-day international against India. 


Dimuth Karunaratne in ICC's Test team of the year

22 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1268

Sri Lanka Test opener Dimuth Karunaratne is the only Sri Lankan to feature in the ICC’s Test and ODI teams selected based on their performance last year. Karunatane has been consistently among runs in last year and has scored 743 runs off nine matches at 46.43, with a top score of 158 not out.


The Sri Lankan guns out to ruin Australia

22 Jan 2019 - 7     - 2070

It’s a Test series many expect Australia to win and just the tonic needed for a lift ahead of the World Cup and Ashes.



Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests

19 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1379

Australia have suffered a major blow ahead of their Domain Test series against Sri Lanka, with key fast bowler and vice-captain Josh Hazlewood ruled out with a back injury.


Burns, Renshaw fail to fire in tour match

18 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1458

Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw will link up with Australia's Test squad without a decent score under their belts after both suffered their second cheap dismissals for the Cricket Australia XI in Hobart.   


SLC election further delays by two weeks

18 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1213

Sports Minister Harin Fernando on Thursday postponed Sri Lanka Cricket election by another two weeks to February 21. The decision comes as a result of a technical error in the Sinhala to English translation of the gazette which empowers the Sports Minister to appoint a three-member Advisory Board to hear polls-related appeals.


‘We just want to start well’ – Dinesh Chandimal

17 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1147

Those signs were most prominent in Test cricket, where the Asian side are without a win in five games. In the first Test against New Zealand a mammoth unbeaten 274-run partnership between Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews saved them the Test and showed the Sri Lankan batsmen could get to grips with foreign conditions. Heavy defeat followed in the second Test, but only after Sri Lanka reduced New Zealand to 64/6 in the first innings.  


Dhoni, Kohli steer India to 2nd ODI win over Australia

16 Jan 2019 - 0     - 976

Veteran wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered India to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the second one-day international to level the series in Adelaide on Tuesday. 


India's Manu Sawhney named new ICC chief

16 Jan 2019 - 0     - 846

  The International Cricket Council on Tuesday named Manu Sawhney its new chief executive officer to replace David Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup in July.


Top local cricketers 'honey trapped' and 'blackmailed' into match fixing

13 Jan 2019 - 1     - 8258

Sri Lanka's top cricketers are allegedly being honey trapped and blackmailed into match-fixing, the Sunday Times reliably learns, amidst unprecedented International Cricket Council intervention to, at the very least, reduce corruption in the sport here. 


Sri Lanka U-19s in dramatic win over Australia U19s

12 Jan 2019 - 0     - 2340

Sri Lanka in dramatic win over Aussie Sri Lanka vs Australia Youth test Sri Lanka registered a dramatic three wicket win with two balls to spare in the three day Youth Test between Sri Lanka Under 19 and Australia Under 19 at the SSC grounds yesterday.


Rahul and Pandya ordered home by India

12 Jan 2019 - 0     - 2257

Indian cricket's governing body has ordered batsman KL Rahul and allrounder Hardik Pandya to return home after their suspensions for controversial comments about women on a TV show.



Cricket election on hold until new regulations gazetted

09 Jan 2019 - 1     - 2209

Sri Lanka Cricket election has been put on hold by the Ministry of Sports until a discrepancy in a gazette notification which empowers the Sports Minister to appoint a three-member Advisory Board to hear polls-related appeals to be sorted out.



Sri Lanka recalls Perera for Australia Tests

09 Jan 2019 - 1     - 2139

Sri Lanka Tuesday recalled batsman Kusal Perera to a 16-member squad for the two-match Test series against Australia starting later this month. 


Bumrah gets ODI, T20 break after Australia heroics

08 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1353

?   Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was Tuesday rested for the upcoming one-day series in Australia and tour of New Zealand after playing a key role in India's historic Test triumph Down Under.


Tons for Taylor, Nicholls as Black Caps sweep Sri Lanka ODI series

08 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1276

Veteran Ross Taylor and rising star Henry Nicholls both smashed centuries as New Zealand as they beat Sri Lanka by 115 runs to win the series 3-0 in Nelson Tuesday.  


Struggling Australia throw away wickets in big run chase

05 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1685

Australia blew a strong start with yet another top order batting collapse in Sydney Saturday, leaving themselves a mountain to climb to stay in the fourth and final Test against India.


1st unofficial Test between Sri Lanka A and Ireland A: Siriwardana, Mendis rescue hosts with half to

05 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1643

Sri Lanka 'A' claimed a first innings lead in the first unofficial Test against Ireland 'A' thanks to an unfinished century stand for the fifth wicket between Milinda Siriwardana and Kamindu Mendis at the SSC grounds yesterday.



Zen master Pujara deflates Australia again

04 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1091

Cheteshwar Pujara fell agonisingly short of a fourth double hundred in test cricket but India's top order bulwark firmly established himself as the difference between the sides in the ongoing series against Australia on Friday. 


Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate

03 Jan 2019 - 0     - 993

Sri Lanka have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in their 45-run loss against New Zealand in the first One-Day International in Mount Maunganui on Thursday.  



New Zealand to use Sri Lanka ODIs as World Cup trial

02 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1545

New Zealand have put a line under their Test series win over Sri Lanka and switched to World Cup mode with the first of three one-day internationals in Tauranga on Thursday. 


Sri Lanka misses direct qualification to World T20 in 2020

01 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1982

Former champions Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to feature in the group stage of 16-team tournament to be held in Australia in 2020.


Angelo Mathews ruled out of Brisbane Test

01 Jan 2019 - 0     - 1367

Angelo Mathews will miss the limited-overs leg against New Zealand and the first Test against Australia in Brisbane after sustaining a grade two strain in his left hamstring. The 31-year-old was forced to retire hurt on the fourth day of the second Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch, and now stands ruled out for four weeks


How cool is that? Williamson reflects on New Zealand's record win

01 Jan 2019 - 0     - 728

  New Zealand celebrate a historic victory Sunday when they needed just 14 balls on day five to demolish Sri Lanka by a colossal 423 runs in the second Test in Christchurch.   


Bittersweet day for Sri Lanka's prolific Mendis

29 Dec 2018 - 0     - 2239

?Sri Lanka's young batting maestro Kusal Mendis cemented a stellar year Saturday by passing 1,000 runs in 2018 but the occasion was tempered by his untimely dismissal in the second Test against New Zealand.