www.dailymirror.lk https://www.dailymirror.lk/RSS_Feeds/sports_headline The only Sri Lankan newspaper with round the clock news updates - Dailymirror Online Edition en-us [email protected] Copyright 2024 Sri Lanka target Bangladesh tour as final tune-up for T20 WC https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Sri-Lanka-target-Bangladesh-tour-as-final-tune-up-for-T20-WC/108-277977 https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Sri-Lanka-target-Bangladesh-tour-as-final-tune-up-for-T20-WC/108-277977 Colombo, Feb 29 (Daily Mirror) - Sri Lanka's Twenty20 International (T20I) Captain Wanindu Hasaranga today expressed confidence ahead of their upcoming tour of Bangladesh, kicking off on March 4 in Sylhet, which serves as crucial preparation for the T20 World Cup later this year.

The Sri Lanka T20I squad left for Bangladesh this morning. The tour kicks off with a series of T20Is, with the first match scheduled for March 4 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet. The second and third T20Is on March 6 and 9 will also be at the SICS.

Speaking before the departure, Hasaranga stressed the team's desire to win all three T20 matches and build momentum with a positive mental state, carried over from victories against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.

"We only have the Bangladesh series before heading to the T20I World Cup. We hope to perform well in this series, win all three games, and enter the T20 World Cup with confidence.”

“As a team, all the players are in a good frame of mind, having won the series against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. We expect to continue our playing pattern against Bangladesh as we did against Afghanistan," he said.

Hasaranga said that they have a team that can compete with any other team in the world.

"We need to maintain that confidence as a team. Our players performed well in all formats in the last series. We always strive to play good cricket and win more matches for Sri Lanka," Hasaranga said.

Hasaranga's suspension for the first two T20Is due to an altercation with an umpire in the series against Afghanistan set Charith Asalanka to step up as Captain for those matches, marking his maiden leadership role for Sri Lanka.

Following the T20I series, the first One Day International (ODI) is set to take place on March 13 at the Zahur Ahmad Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram, followed by the second and third ODIs on March 15 and 18, also at the ZACS.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's ODI captain Kusal Mendis expressed confidence in their ability to perform well in Bangladesh citing the familiarity of several players with the conditions.

Emphasising the team's recent batting prowess and the consistent efforts of the bowlers, Mendis highlighted the importance of learning from past mistakes, particularly the recent loss to Bangladesh in the last ODI World Cup.

"We believe we can play a good series in Bangladesh because many of our players have experience playing in Bangladesh conditions. We have played a number of matches both Tests, ODIs and T20s against Bangladesh previously.”

“We lost to Bangladesh in the last ODI World Cup mainly due to our mistakes. Overall compared to previous encounters we have a good chance to perform well and finish this series successfully," Mendis said.

The first Test will be held from March 22 to 26 at the SICS followed by the second Test from March 30 to April 3 at the ZACS.

Sri Lanka's Test Captain Dhananjaya de Silva, who is also part of the T20 squad, said he believes that the Test Squad will not have many changes and expects a similar squad to the one that played against Afghanistan.

He said that the test team has not yet started skills training but is currently undergoing fitness training because they have ample time before the Bangladesh Test matches.

De Silva expressed optimism about his first tour as Test Captain, acknowledging Bangladesh as a tough team. "We have studied Bangladesh's strong and weak points and expect to play good cricket against them," he said.

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Colombo, Feb 29 (Daily Mirror) - Sri Lanka's Twenty20 International (T20I) Captain Wanindu Hasaranga today expressed confidence ahead of their upcoming tour of Bangladesh, kicking off on March 4 in Sylhet, which serves as crucial preparation for the T20 World Cup later this year.

The Sri Lanka T20I squad left for Bangladesh this morning. The tour kicks off with a series of T20Is, with the first match scheduled for March 4 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet. The second and third T20Is on March 6 and 9 will also be at the SICS.

Speaking before the departure, Hasaranga stressed the team's desire to win all three T20 matches and build momentum with a positive mental state, carried over from victories against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.

"We only have the Bangladesh series before heading to the T20I World Cup. We hope to perform well in this series, win all three games, and enter the T20 World Cup with confidence.”

“As a team, all the players are in a good frame of mind, having won the series against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. We expect to continue our playing pattern against Bangladesh as we did against Afghanistan," he said.

Hasaranga said that they have a team that can compete with any other team in the world.

"We need to maintain that confidence as a team. Our players performed well in all formats in the last series. We always strive to play good cricket and win more matches for Sri Lanka," Hasaranga said.

Hasaranga's suspension for the first two T20Is due to an altercation with an umpire in the series against Afghanistan set Charith Asalanka to step up as Captain for those matches, marking his maiden leadership role for Sri Lanka.

Following the T20I series, the first One Day International (ODI) is set to take place on March 13 at the Zahur Ahmad Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram, followed by the second and third ODIs on March 15 and 18, also at the ZACS.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's ODI captain Kusal Mendis expressed confidence in their ability to perform well in Bangladesh citing the familiarity of several players with the conditions.

Emphasising the team's recent batting prowess and the consistent efforts of the bowlers, Mendis highlighted the importance of learning from past mistakes, particularly the recent loss to Bangladesh in the last ODI World Cup.

"We believe we can play a good series in Bangladesh because many of our players have experience playing in Bangladesh conditions. We have played a number of matches both Tests, ODIs and T20s against Bangladesh previously.”

“We lost to Bangladesh in the last ODI World Cup mainly due to our mistakes. Overall compared to previous encounters we have a good chance to perform well and finish this series successfully," Mendis said.

The first Test will be held from March 22 to 26 at the SICS followed by the second Test from March 30 to April 3 at the ZACS.

Sri Lanka's Test Captain Dhananjaya de Silva, who is also part of the T20 squad, said he believes that the Test Squad will not have many changes and expects a similar squad to the one that played against Afghanistan.

He said that the test team has not yet started skills training but is currently undergoing fitness training because they have ample time before the Bangladesh Test matches.

De Silva expressed optimism about his first tour as Test Captain, acknowledging Bangladesh as a tough team. "We have studied Bangladesh's strong and weak points and expect to play good cricket against them," he said.

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Havelock SC thrash Navy SC 55-5 https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Havelock-SC-thrash-Navy-SC-55-5/322-278033 https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Havelock-SC-thrash-Navy-SC-55-5/322-278033 By Shamseer Jaleel

Feb. 29 (Daily Mirror) - Havelock SC cruised to a resounding 55-5 victory over Navy SC in their Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Tournament second quarter-final match played Havelock Park.

The Havies dominated the game from the kick-off and went on score as many as nine tries out of which five of them were converted after having led 29-5 at half time. The Sailors managed to score only a solitary try in the first half.

Dinupa Senavirathne, Oliver Buckle, Azmeer Fajudeen, Jayathu Rajarathna, Udara Jayapaia, Mohomed Rifan, Ganindu Lakshan, Senal Deelaka and Raveen Fernando scored a try each for the winners.

Sandesh Jayawickrema was successful with four conversions while Janith Chandimal converted the last try. Stephan Gregory scored the solitary try for Navy SC.

Referee: Raveen Alexander. 



(Pix: Nimalsiri Edirisinghe)


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By Shamseer Jaleel

Feb. 29 (Daily Mirror) - Havelock SC cruised to a resounding 55-5 victory over Navy SC in their Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Tournament second quarter-final match played Havelock Park.

The Havies dominated the game from the kick-off and went on score as many as nine tries out of which five of them were converted after having led 29-5 at half time. The Sailors managed to score only a solitary try in the first half.

Dinupa Senavirathne, Oliver Buckle, Azmeer Fajudeen, Jayathu Rajarathna, Udara Jayapaia, Mohomed Rifan, Ganindu Lakshan, Senal Deelaka and Raveen Fernando scored a try each for the winners.

Sandesh Jayawickrema was successful with four conversions while Janith Chandimal converted the last try. Stephan Gregory scored the solitary try for Navy SC.

Referee: Raveen Alexander. 



(Pix: Nimalsiri Edirisinghe)


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Police edge past Airmen 29-27 in thriller https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Police-edge-past-Airmen-29-27-in-thriller/322-278031 https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Police-edge-past-Airmen-29-27-in-thriller/322-278031 By: M. Shamil Amit


Feb. 28 (Daily Mirror) - Police SC edged out Air Force SC 29-27 in the Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Tournament first quarter-final encounter played at Longden Place.

The League Tournament Plate champions went through some anxious moments before they scraped home while collecting their points from three goals, one try and one drop goal after the scores were level 17-17 at half time.

The Airmen responded with three goals, one penalty and one drop goal.

Police SC opened the scoring in the fourth minute of play when full back Shane Hopwood executed a splendid drop goal against the run of play.

However, the Airmen hit back few minutes later as scrum half Kavishka Ruchirathna powered his way to touch down the opening try with Padmasanka Pramod adding the extra points.

Air Force SC were able to enjoy that lead only for a short period as Police SC bounced back in style as Deshan Fernando scored their first try with fly half Prince Chamara making no mistake with the conversion.

However, Gayantha Iddamalgoda made it 10-10 with a neat penalty for the Airmen in the 24th minute of play.

Air Force SC went further ahead as flanker Udesh Madushanka crossed the whitewash and Iddamalgoda added the extra points to increase the lead 17-10.

Winger Akash Madushanka brought Police SC back into the game with a superb try and Chamara added the extra points to make it 17-17 at the break.

Shortly after the interval, Air Force SC took the lead once again (20-17) with a beautiful drop goal from fly half Ishara Madushan.

Police SC responded almost immediately as Hopwood sliced through the opposition defence for a superb try, which went unconverted.

The Airmen were rewarded for their perseverance as they stormed back into the game with a crucial try from their dynamic number eight Shashika Fernando with Iddamalgoda adding the extra points.

But Police SC delivered the final blow in a spectacular manner as Mithun Hapugoda touched down for the match winning try in the 72nd minute and Hopwood added the vital extra points to make the final scores 29-27. (Pix: Pradeep Dilrukshana)


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By: M. Shamil Amit


Feb. 28 (Daily Mirror) - Police SC edged out Air Force SC 29-27 in the Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Tournament first quarter-final encounter played at Longden Place.

The League Tournament Plate champions went through some anxious moments before they scraped home while collecting their points from three goals, one try and one drop goal after the scores were level 17-17 at half time.

The Airmen responded with three goals, one penalty and one drop goal.

Police SC opened the scoring in the fourth minute of play when full back Shane Hopwood executed a splendid drop goal against the run of play.

However, the Airmen hit back few minutes later as scrum half Kavishka Ruchirathna powered his way to touch down the opening try with Padmasanka Pramod adding the extra points.

Air Force SC were able to enjoy that lead only for a short period as Police SC bounced back in style as Deshan Fernando scored their first try with fly half Prince Chamara making no mistake with the conversion.

However, Gayantha Iddamalgoda made it 10-10 with a neat penalty for the Airmen in the 24th minute of play.

Air Force SC went further ahead as flanker Udesh Madushanka crossed the whitewash and Iddamalgoda added the extra points to increase the lead 17-10.

Winger Akash Madushanka brought Police SC back into the game with a superb try and Chamara added the extra points to make it 17-17 at the break.

Shortly after the interval, Air Force SC took the lead once again (20-17) with a beautiful drop goal from fly half Ishara Madushan.

Police SC responded almost immediately as Hopwood sliced through the opposition defence for a superb try, which went unconverted.

The Airmen were rewarded for their perseverance as they stormed back into the game with a crucial try from their dynamic number eight Shashika Fernando with Iddamalgoda adding the extra points.

But Police SC delivered the final blow in a spectacular manner as Mithun Hapugoda touched down for the match winning try in the 72nd minute and Hopwood added the vital extra points to make the final scores 29-27. (Pix: Pradeep Dilrukshana)


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Pathum Nissanka ruled out of Bangladesh T20Is https://www.dailymirror.lk/cricket/Pathum-Nissanka-ruled-out-of-Bangladesh-T20Is/315-277898 https://www.dailymirror.lk/cricket/Pathum-Nissanka-ruled-out-of-Bangladesh-T20Is/315-277898 Pathum Nissanka will miss Sri Lanka's upcoming T20I series in Bangladesh due to the hamstring injury that he sustained during the home series against Afghanistan. Initially, he was expected to be fit in time for the tour but as things haven't panned out in a satisfactory manner, Nissanka has been replaced in the squad by Avishka Fernando.


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Pathum Nissanka will miss Sri Lanka's upcoming T20I series in Bangladesh due to the hamstring injury that he sustained during the home series against Afghanistan. Initially, he was expected to be fit in time for the tour but as things haven't panned out in a satisfactory manner, Nissanka has been replaced in the squad by Avishka Fernando.


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Cricketers discuss challenges with Sports Minister https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Cricketers-discuss-challenges-with-Sports-Minister/108-277834 https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Cricketers-discuss-challenges-with-Sports-Minister/108-277834 Colombo, Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - Several players of the Sri Lankan cricket team met Sports Minister Harin Fernando today to discuss issues and challenges faced by the Sri Lankan cricketers.

ODI captain Kusal Mendis, Twenty20 captain Wanindu Hasaranga, senior players like Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Cricket Consultant Sanath Jayasuriya, and Chief Selector Upul Tharanga participated in the meeting that took place at the Ministry.

Several issues faced by cricketers such as coaching structures, innovative training techniques, mental focus, talent development and strategies to secure victories in upcoming matches were reportedly discussed.

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Colombo, Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - Several players of the Sri Lankan cricket team met Sports Minister Harin Fernando today to discuss issues and challenges faced by the Sri Lankan cricketers.

ODI captain Kusal Mendis, Twenty20 captain Wanindu Hasaranga, senior players like Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Cricket Consultant Sanath Jayasuriya, and Chief Selector Upul Tharanga participated in the meeting that took place at the Ministry.

Several issues faced by cricketers such as coaching structures, innovative training techniques, mental focus, talent development and strategies to secure victories in upcoming matches were reportedly discussed.

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Police-Air Force clash should be a close game https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Police-Air-Force-clash-should-be-a-close-game/322-277831 https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Police-Air-Force-clash-should-be-a-close-game/322-277831 By: Shamseer Jaleel


Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - The first quarter-final encounter in the 113-year-old Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Tournament between Police Sports Club and Air Force Sports Club will be worked off at Longden Place tomorrow. The kick-off is scheduled for 4.00 p.m.

Police SC were the Plate Championship winners while Air Force SC ended as the runner-up in the same segment.

Mohan Wimalaratne will lead police SC and have some outstanding youngsters in their starting line-up with Akash Madushan and Hirantha Perera capable of penetrating any defence.

Coached by Nilfer Ibrahim, one of the top-class in the field, Police SC will be determined to reach the semi-finals of the Clifford Cup Tournament.

The Cops beat Air Force SC 31-22 in the first round but gave ample opportunity for their bench but in the end, lost out to the Airmen in the Plate Championship 5-26.

Meanwhile, Air Force SC will be led by the former Sylvestrian Parakrama Rathnayake and will have some outstanding players in the line-up such as Ishara Madushan and Gayantha Iddamalgoda.

They are coached by Asela Deshapriya, who has done a good job in his initial year as a club coach. He is the present coach of D. S. Senanayake College as well.

Referee: Ishanka Abeykoon. 

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By: Shamseer Jaleel


Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - The first quarter-final encounter in the 113-year-old Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Tournament between Police Sports Club and Air Force Sports Club will be worked off at Longden Place tomorrow. The kick-off is scheduled for 4.00 p.m.

Police SC were the Plate Championship winners while Air Force SC ended as the runner-up in the same segment.

Mohan Wimalaratne will lead police SC and have some outstanding youngsters in their starting line-up with Akash Madushan and Hirantha Perera capable of penetrating any defence.

Coached by Nilfer Ibrahim, one of the top-class in the field, Police SC will be determined to reach the semi-finals of the Clifford Cup Tournament.

The Cops beat Air Force SC 31-22 in the first round but gave ample opportunity for their bench but in the end, lost out to the Airmen in the Plate Championship 5-26.

Meanwhile, Air Force SC will be led by the former Sylvestrian Parakrama Rathnayake and will have some outstanding players in the line-up such as Ishara Madushan and Gayantha Iddamalgoda.

They are coached by Asela Deshapriya, who has done a good job in his initial year as a club coach. He is the present coach of D. S. Senanayake College as well.

Referee: Ishanka Abeykoon. 

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Bens-Wesley clash for Shelton Wirasinha - Bro Alban Patrick Challenge Trophy https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Bens-Wesley-clash-for-Shelton-Wirasinha---Bro-Alban-Patrick-Challenge-Trophy/322-277826 https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Bens-Wesley-clash-for-Shelton-Wirasinha---Bro-Alban-Patrick-Challenge-Trophy/322-277826 By: M. Shamil Amit


Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - The historic collaboration between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College are set to reach new heights as they tee off in the firstever Bens-Wesley Golf Encounter, vying for the prestigious Shelton Wirasinha and Bro Alban Patrick Championship Trophy.

This match marks the continuation of a cherished tradition of sports encounters between the two esteemed institutions, following the resounding success of the recently commenced 'Match made in Heaven' cricket series.

The Bens – Wesley Golf encounter is scheduled for March 5, 2024 at the prestigious Royal Colombo Golf Club and also will coincide with Wesley’s Sesquicentennial celebrations this year.

Wesley Golfers from all parts of world gathering in Sri Lanka for their sesquicentennial celebrations together with their local team mates will provide a formidable challenge to the Benedictines and the encounter will witness players showcasing their golfing prowess in a bid for glory.

The Championship trophy, named in honor of two revered figures from the respective schools, Mr. Shelton Wirasinha and Bro. Alban Patrick Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the team with the best stable ford points, along with recognizing the best overall player and runner-up.

Mr. Shelton Wirasinha, an exemplary figure in the annals of Wesley was the second longest serving Principal of Wesley. Brother Alban Patrick, was a long serving Director of St. Benedict's during one of its best periods in sports and education.

Players will compete for individual glory as well, with Wesley presenting the Prof. Maharoff Ismail Challenge Trophy in memory of an outstanding alumnus, who was closely associated with the development and support for academia of his alma mater. St. Benedict's will present the Mclarens Trophy to the best performer in honour of an old boy who has contributed immensely towards the welfare of the college.

The inaugural awards ceremony will be graced by Deshabandu Jezima Ismail wife of late Prof. Maharoof Ismail, Bro. Pubudu Rajapakse- Director of St. Benedict’s College and Mr. Avanka Fernando, Principal of Wesley College

"This match holds significant importance, not only as a testament to the rich sporting legacy of both institutions but also as a celebration of the enduring brotherhood between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College," remarked Ivor Maharoof and Michael Sathasivam, Captains of the respective teams.

As Wesley College celebrates its sesquicentennial year in 2024, initiatives like the inaugural Bens-Wesley Golf Encounter underscore our commitment to fostering camaraderie and mutual respect between the two institutions."

In addition to the competitive aspect of the event, participants can look forward to an exhilarating golfing experience with five hidden holes offering fun prizes, along with recognition for the longest drive and closest to the pin.This inaugural golf encounter is just one of the many collaborative events planned between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College this year, serving as a testament to their shared commitment to fostering friendship and cooperation.

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By: M. Shamil Amit


Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - The historic collaboration between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College are set to reach new heights as they tee off in the firstever Bens-Wesley Golf Encounter, vying for the prestigious Shelton Wirasinha and Bro Alban Patrick Championship Trophy.

This match marks the continuation of a cherished tradition of sports encounters between the two esteemed institutions, following the resounding success of the recently commenced 'Match made in Heaven' cricket series.

The Bens – Wesley Golf encounter is scheduled for March 5, 2024 at the prestigious Royal Colombo Golf Club and also will coincide with Wesley’s Sesquicentennial celebrations this year.

Wesley Golfers from all parts of world gathering in Sri Lanka for their sesquicentennial celebrations together with their local team mates will provide a formidable challenge to the Benedictines and the encounter will witness players showcasing their golfing prowess in a bid for glory.

The Championship trophy, named in honor of two revered figures from the respective schools, Mr. Shelton Wirasinha and Bro. Alban Patrick Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the team with the best stable ford points, along with recognizing the best overall player and runner-up.

Mr. Shelton Wirasinha, an exemplary figure in the annals of Wesley was the second longest serving Principal of Wesley. Brother Alban Patrick, was a long serving Director of St. Benedict's during one of its best periods in sports and education.

Players will compete for individual glory as well, with Wesley presenting the Prof. Maharoff Ismail Challenge Trophy in memory of an outstanding alumnus, who was closely associated with the development and support for academia of his alma mater. St. Benedict's will present the Mclarens Trophy to the best performer in honour of an old boy who has contributed immensely towards the welfare of the college.

The inaugural awards ceremony will be graced by Deshabandu Jezima Ismail wife of late Prof. Maharoof Ismail, Bro. Pubudu Rajapakse- Director of St. Benedict’s College and Mr. Avanka Fernando, Principal of Wesley College

"This match holds significant importance, not only as a testament to the rich sporting legacy of both institutions but also as a celebration of the enduring brotherhood between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College," remarked Ivor Maharoof and Michael Sathasivam, Captains of the respective teams.

As Wesley College celebrates its sesquicentennial year in 2024, initiatives like the inaugural Bens-Wesley Golf Encounter underscore our commitment to fostering camaraderie and mutual respect between the two institutions."

In addition to the competitive aspect of the event, participants can look forward to an exhilarating golfing experience with five hidden holes offering fun prizes, along with recognition for the longest drive and closest to the pin.This inaugural golf encounter is just one of the many collaborative events planned between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College this year, serving as a testament to their shared commitment to fostering friendship and cooperation.

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Praveen shines, Lumbini MV record fifth outright win https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Praveen-shines--Lumbini-MV-record-fifth-outright-win/322-277824 https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Praveen-shines--Lumbini-MV-record-fifth-outright-win/322-277824 By: M. Shamil Amit


Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - Right arm spinner Praveen Maneesha shone for Lumbini MV in their massive outright win by an innings and 304 runs over President’s College Kotte in the Under 19 inter-school cricket encounter concluded at Colts grounds.

Maneesha bagged five scalps in President’s College's second innings to bundle them out for 126 runs and ended with a match bag of seven wickets as Lumbini MV coasted to their fifth outright win.. The off-spinner with his seven wicket match bag has so far taken 55 wickets in eight matches.

An allround performance by Inuka Karannagoda helped Mahanama College Colombo to record an innings and two runs win over Maris Stella Negombo while Gurukula MV Kelaniya and St. Anthony’s Wattala too recorded outright wins against St. Servatius Matara and St. Anne’s Kurunegala in the matches which ended at Matara and Wattala.

Results:

  • At Colts – Lumbini MV won by innings and 304 runs

President’s College Kotte 84 (Daham Usindu 23: Shahan Kaushalya 5/20, Praveen Maneesha 2/36) and 126 (Isara Kanchana 46, Daham Usindu 31: Praveen Maneesha 5/52, Ushan Sathsara 2/23, Sahan Kaushalya 2/29)

Lumbini MV 514 for 9 declared (Sahan Kaushalya 206, Ashan Shanilka 76, Bimsara Weerasinghe 57, Pasindu Mahisha 42, Praveen Maneesha 31, Dumindu Sewmina 30, Ishath Dilshan 22: Sithum Oshanda 4/123, Malindu Ratnayake 2/47, Chanul Jayawardena 2/83)

  • At SLLDC – Mahanama won by innings and two runs

Maris Stella Negombo 137 (Levin Fernando 32, Hasidu Perera 25, Ramith Bandara 24: Chamika Heenitigala 4/28, Inuka Karannagoda 2/25) and 108 (Ramith Bandara 34, Nilesh Perera 26 n.o.: Inuka Karannagoda 5/38, Rashmika Perera 3/29)

Mahanama Colombo 247 (Inuka Karannagoda 79, Dulnith Sigera 65, Eshan Withanage 30, Rashmika Perera 27, Koojana Perera 22: Yohan Aloka 4/40, Nilesh Perera 3/53)

  • At Matara – Gurukula MV won by innings and 114 runs

St. Servatius 132 (Risinu Kithmuka 52, Chamarindu Nethsara 33: Thathsara Eshan 5/23, Poorna Kalhara 3/27) and 111 (Viran Chamuditha 29, Raveen Kavintha 23: Poorna Kalhara 5/55, Thathsara Eshan 4/40)

Gurukula MV Kelaniya 357 for 9 declared (Denura Dimansith 80, Mohamed Mursad 62, Thathsara Eshan 61, Poorna Kalhara 33, Daham Vimukthi 26, Janith Mihiranga 48 n.o.: Viran Chamuditha 6/113, Samiru Gimhan 2/77)

  • At Wattala – St. Anthony’s won by 30 runs

St. Anthony’s Wattala 70 (Sanuja Dissanayake 6/19, Kevin Nanayakkara 2/20) and 219 (Ravindu Jayasanka 56, Amitha Sandeepa 33, Chamod Sandeepa 27, Madura Bashitha 26 n.o.: Kevin Nanayakkara 5/1, Shehan Kumara 3/47, Yashmin Jayasundara 2/44)

St. Anne’s Kurunegala 78 (Buddhima Nandasiri 28: Amitha Sandeepa 3 for 4, Kavndu Senadi 3/10, Madura Bashitha 2/19) and 181 (Chamith Sasenjana 70, Kushan Subasinghe 23: Amitha Sandeepa 7/84) 

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By: M. Shamil Amit


Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - Right arm spinner Praveen Maneesha shone for Lumbini MV in their massive outright win by an innings and 304 runs over President’s College Kotte in the Under 19 inter-school cricket encounter concluded at Colts grounds.

Maneesha bagged five scalps in President’s College's second innings to bundle them out for 126 runs and ended with a match bag of seven wickets as Lumbini MV coasted to their fifth outright win.. The off-spinner with his seven wicket match bag has so far taken 55 wickets in eight matches.

An allround performance by Inuka Karannagoda helped Mahanama College Colombo to record an innings and two runs win over Maris Stella Negombo while Gurukula MV Kelaniya and St. Anthony’s Wattala too recorded outright wins against St. Servatius Matara and St. Anne’s Kurunegala in the matches which ended at Matara and Wattala.

Results:

  • At Colts – Lumbini MV won by innings and 304 runs

President’s College Kotte 84 (Daham Usindu 23: Shahan Kaushalya 5/20, Praveen Maneesha 2/36) and 126 (Isara Kanchana 46, Daham Usindu 31: Praveen Maneesha 5/52, Ushan Sathsara 2/23, Sahan Kaushalya 2/29)

Lumbini MV 514 for 9 declared (Sahan Kaushalya 206, Ashan Shanilka 76, Bimsara Weerasinghe 57, Pasindu Mahisha 42, Praveen Maneesha 31, Dumindu Sewmina 30, Ishath Dilshan 22: Sithum Oshanda 4/123, Malindu Ratnayake 2/47, Chanul Jayawardena 2/83)

  • At SLLDC – Mahanama won by innings and two runs

Maris Stella Negombo 137 (Levin Fernando 32, Hasidu Perera 25, Ramith Bandara 24: Chamika Heenitigala 4/28, Inuka Karannagoda 2/25) and 108 (Ramith Bandara 34, Nilesh Perera 26 n.o.: Inuka Karannagoda 5/38, Rashmika Perera 3/29)

Mahanama Colombo 247 (Inuka Karannagoda 79, Dulnith Sigera 65, Eshan Withanage 30, Rashmika Perera 27, Koojana Perera 22: Yohan Aloka 4/40, Nilesh Perera 3/53)

  • At Matara – Gurukula MV won by innings and 114 runs

St. Servatius 132 (Risinu Kithmuka 52, Chamarindu Nethsara 33: Thathsara Eshan 5/23, Poorna Kalhara 3/27) and 111 (Viran Chamuditha 29, Raveen Kavintha 23: Poorna Kalhara 5/55, Thathsara Eshan 4/40)

Gurukula MV Kelaniya 357 for 9 declared (Denura Dimansith 80, Mohamed Mursad 62, Thathsara Eshan 61, Poorna Kalhara 33, Daham Vimukthi 26, Janith Mihiranga 48 n.o.: Viran Chamuditha 6/113, Samiru Gimhan 2/77)

  • At Wattala – St. Anthony’s won by 30 runs

St. Anthony’s Wattala 70 (Sanuja Dissanayake 6/19, Kevin Nanayakkara 2/20) and 219 (Ravindu Jayasanka 56, Amitha Sandeepa 33, Chamod Sandeepa 27, Madura Bashitha 26 n.o.: Kevin Nanayakkara 5/1, Shehan Kumara 3/47, Yashmin Jayasundara 2/44)

St. Anne’s Kurunegala 78 (Buddhima Nandasiri 28: Amitha Sandeepa 3 for 4, Kavndu Senadi 3/10, Madura Bashitha 2/19) and 181 (Chamith Sasenjana 70, Kushan Subasinghe 23: Amitha Sandeepa 7/84) 

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Namibia’s Loftie-Eaton scores fastest T20I hundred off 33 ball https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Namibia’s-Loftie-Eaton-scores-fastest-T20I-hundred-off-33-ball/108-277818 https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Namibia’s-Loftie-Eaton-scores-fastest-T20I-hundred-off-33-ball/108-277818 Feb. 27 (indiatoday) - Namibian cricketer Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton has made cricket history by scoring the fastest century in T20 International (T20I) history, off just 33 balls, breaking the previous record set by Nepal's Kushal Malla.

Namibia's Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton scripted history by scoring the fastest century in T20 International (T20I) history during a bilateral match against Nepal. Achieving this monumental feat off just 33 balls, Loftie-Eaton shattered the previous record held by Nepal's Kushal Malla, who had set the benchmark at 34 balls against Mongolia during the Asian Games in 2023. This remarkable innings came during a match against Nepal, adding a layer of poetic justice as Malla himself was present on the field, witnessing his record being surpassed.

Loftie-Eaton, 22, smashed 101 runs off 36 balls in the T20I against Nepal, including 11 fours and eight sixes. The youthful left-handed hitter concluded his innings with a strike rate of 280.56, helping Namibia reach 206/4 in 20 overs after winning the toss and batting first. Namibia got off to a good start with the bat, with openers Michael van Lingen (20 off 19) and Malan Kruger (59* off 48) contributing 36 in six overs. Karan KC removed Van Lingen, and Rohit Paudel claimed the wickets of JP Kotze (11) and Jan Frylinck (5).

At 62/3, Loftie-Eaton teamed up with Kruger, and the two put on a thrilling 135-run stand for the fourth wicket. The former was dismissed in Namibia's final over, caught by Gulsan Jha off Abinash Bohara's bowling. Incredibly, before his record-breaking hundred on Tuesday, Loftie-Eaton had a terrible T20I batting record. He averaged 10.70 in 32 matches, scoring 182 runs at a strike rate of 100.55.

FASTEST T20I CENTURIONS

Loftie-Eaton now leads the list of batsmen with the fastest T20I hundred after scoring a century against Nepal while Malla is ranked second on the list with a 34-ball T20I hundred. South Africa's David Miller, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, and Czech Republic's Sudesh Wickramasekara have dropped to joint third in the list. All three have scored T20I hundreds in 35 balls. Miller hit 101* from 36 balls against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom in October 2017. Rohit scored 118 from 43 balls against Sri Lanka in Indore in December 2017, including 12 fours and 10 sixes. Wickramasekara scored 104* off 36 versus Turkey in the Continental Cup in Ilfov County in August 2019.

 

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Feb. 27 (indiatoday) - Namibian cricketer Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton has made cricket history by scoring the fastest century in T20 International (T20I) history, off just 33 balls, breaking the previous record set by Nepal's Kushal Malla.

Namibia's Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton scripted history by scoring the fastest century in T20 International (T20I) history during a bilateral match against Nepal. Achieving this monumental feat off just 33 balls, Loftie-Eaton shattered the previous record held by Nepal's Kushal Malla, who had set the benchmark at 34 balls against Mongolia during the Asian Games in 2023. This remarkable innings came during a match against Nepal, adding a layer of poetic justice as Malla himself was present on the field, witnessing his record being surpassed.

Loftie-Eaton, 22, smashed 101 runs off 36 balls in the T20I against Nepal, including 11 fours and eight sixes. The youthful left-handed hitter concluded his innings with a strike rate of 280.56, helping Namibia reach 206/4 in 20 overs after winning the toss and batting first. Namibia got off to a good start with the bat, with openers Michael van Lingen (20 off 19) and Malan Kruger (59* off 48) contributing 36 in six overs. Karan KC removed Van Lingen, and Rohit Paudel claimed the wickets of JP Kotze (11) and Jan Frylinck (5).

At 62/3, Loftie-Eaton teamed up with Kruger, and the two put on a thrilling 135-run stand for the fourth wicket. The former was dismissed in Namibia's final over, caught by Gulsan Jha off Abinash Bohara's bowling. Incredibly, before his record-breaking hundred on Tuesday, Loftie-Eaton had a terrible T20I batting record. He averaged 10.70 in 32 matches, scoring 182 runs at a strike rate of 100.55.

FASTEST T20I CENTURIONS

Loftie-Eaton now leads the list of batsmen with the fastest T20I hundred after scoring a century against Nepal while Malla is ranked second on the list with a 34-ball T20I hundred. South Africa's David Miller, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, and Czech Republic's Sudesh Wickramasekara have dropped to joint third in the list. All three have scored T20I hundreds in 35 balls. Miller hit 101* from 36 balls against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom in October 2017. Rohit scored 118 from 43 balls against Sri Lanka in Indore in December 2017, including 12 fours and 10 sixes. Wickramasekara scored 104* off 36 versus Turkey in the Continental Cup in Ilfov County in August 2019.

 

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Neil Wagner retires from international cricket https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Neil-Wagner-retires-from-international-cricket/108-277801 https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Neil-Wagner-retires-from-international-cricket/108-277801 Feb. 27 (cricbuzz) - Fiery New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner has announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing down the curtains on a 12-year-old Test career during which he played 64 Tests for the Black Caps and won the inaugural World Test Championship.

Wagner, 37, made the decision after he was informed that he would not be part of the XI in the Test series against Australia starting in Wellington on Thursday (February 29). He will now be released from the squad before the second Test in Christchurch meaning he he will sign off from the international game with 260 Test wickets - fifth on New Zealand's all-time charts - at a strike-rate of 52.7 that is bettered only by the legendary Sir Richard Hadlee among New Zealanders with 100 Test wickets or more.

Wagner said that the decision was not easy and that it had been "an emotional week" but it was clear it was the right time to move on.

"It's not easy to step away from something you've given so much to and got so much out of, but it's now time for others to step up and take this team forward," he was quoted as saying in a New Zealand Cricket media release.

"I've enjoyed every single moment of playing Test cricket for the Black Caps and am proud of everything we've been able to achieve as a team. The friendships and bonds built over my career are what I'll cherish the most and I want to thank everyone who's played a part in where I am today. My teammates have always meant the world to me and all I've ever wanted to do was what was best for the team - I hope that's the legacy I will leave.

"I'd like to thank my wife Lana for her support in helping me be the man I am today and for helping bring our two little girls Olivia and Zahli and our boy Josh into the world.

"I'm looking forward to one final week in camp and will be doing everything I can to help prepare and support the boys."

Originally from South Africa, he moved to Dunedin in 2008 to play domestic cricket for Otago, later relocating to Papamoa in 2018 to represent the Northern Districts. He made his test debut against the West Indies at North Sound in 2012 and it was against the same opponents five years later that he recorded career-best figures of 7 for 39 in a Test at Wellington.

Wagner made a name on the circuit for his exceptional work-rate, his ability to bowl long and intense spells on not-so-conducive surface and his accurate bouncers, which among others, also played a role in unsettling the likes of Steve Smith, widely considered the best Test batter of this era.

"You always knew what you were going to get with Neil and that was 100 per cent commitment to the cause," New Zealand captain Tim Southee said. "He would do anything for the team and has earned nothing but respect and admiration within the dressing room."

Wagner will remain available for the Northern Districts and has confirmed his intention to continue playing domestic cricket next season - whether in New Zealand or overseas.

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Feb. 27 (cricbuzz) - Fiery New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner has announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing down the curtains on a 12-year-old Test career during which he played 64 Tests for the Black Caps and won the inaugural World Test Championship.

Wagner, 37, made the decision after he was informed that he would not be part of the XI in the Test series against Australia starting in Wellington on Thursday (February 29). He will now be released from the squad before the second Test in Christchurch meaning he he will sign off from the international game with 260 Test wickets - fifth on New Zealand's all-time charts - at a strike-rate of 52.7 that is bettered only by the legendary Sir Richard Hadlee among New Zealanders with 100 Test wickets or more.

Wagner said that the decision was not easy and that it had been "an emotional week" but it was clear it was the right time to move on.

"It's not easy to step away from something you've given so much to and got so much out of, but it's now time for others to step up and take this team forward," he was quoted as saying in a New Zealand Cricket media release.

"I've enjoyed every single moment of playing Test cricket for the Black Caps and am proud of everything we've been able to achieve as a team. The friendships and bonds built over my career are what I'll cherish the most and I want to thank everyone who's played a part in where I am today. My teammates have always meant the world to me and all I've ever wanted to do was what was best for the team - I hope that's the legacy I will leave.

"I'd like to thank my wife Lana for her support in helping me be the man I am today and for helping bring our two little girls Olivia and Zahli and our boy Josh into the world.

"I'm looking forward to one final week in camp and will be doing everything I can to help prepare and support the boys."

Originally from South Africa, he moved to Dunedin in 2008 to play domestic cricket for Otago, later relocating to Papamoa in 2018 to represent the Northern Districts. He made his test debut against the West Indies at North Sound in 2012 and it was against the same opponents five years later that he recorded career-best figures of 7 for 39 in a Test at Wellington.

Wagner made a name on the circuit for his exceptional work-rate, his ability to bowl long and intense spells on not-so-conducive surface and his accurate bouncers, which among others, also played a role in unsettling the likes of Steve Smith, widely considered the best Test batter of this era.

"You always knew what you were going to get with Neil and that was 100 per cent commitment to the cause," New Zealand captain Tim Southee said. "He would do anything for the team and has earned nothing but respect and admiration within the dressing room."

Wagner will remain available for the Northern Districts and has confirmed his intention to continue playing domestic cricket next season - whether in New Zealand or overseas.

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Wanindu - Worthy Wildcard? https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Wanindu---Worthy-Wildcard-/108-277758 https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Wanindu---Worthy-Wildcard-/108-277758 By: Harsha Amarasinghe


Feb. 26 (Daily Mirror) - Wanindu Hasaranga has already become one of the most popular Sri Lankan captains in the recent past just a few games into his new tenure as the skipper of the Sri Lanka T20 team.   

Sri Lanka may have lost their third T20 against Afghanistan last week, but the manner in which the team was able to play, has clear indication that under Hasaranga, Sri Lanka would not mind taking an aggressive approach against any team.   

There was however, an incident which appears to become one of the talking points at the conclusion of the T20 game which Sri Lanka lost where one of the on-field umpires in Lyndon Hannibal failed to call a clear no-ball on the height. This triggered a very angry reaction from the newly-appointed captain who had a go at Hannibal as the teams were shaking hands. The leg spinner then went on to take a swipe at the umpire during his post-match press conference when he stated that the umpire needs to find a job in another field.   

This did not go down very well with the International Cricket Council (ICC) who have now suspended Hasaranga for a couple of T20 Internationals which will see him on the sidelines for the first two T20s against Bangladesh who have somehow become Sri Lanka’s arch-rival now.  

However, on the other hand, the Sri Lankan fans have been fully supportive of Hasaranga’s behaviour. The majority of them, appears to think that the skipper spoke for all the Sri Lankan fans during the controversial press conference.   

This raise the question whether Hasaranga is a worthy wildcard to captain the national team. 

Theoretically, there is no way one could justify his conduct given that cricket is a gentlemen’s game after all. Having said so, the game has changed so much over the last few decades.  

For instance, Virat Kohli may not be considered one of the nicest lads in cricket, but that doesn’t stop him from going down as the greatest batsman of all times, at least in ODIs.   

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were true gentlemen of the game - they played the game in the right spirit without causing much controversy - despite their glorious careers none of them were able to lift a World Cup as captain. Lasith Malinga only other hand, played the game slightly differently.

The fiery fast bowler did not shy away from being blunt. Especially, with the local media he has had a few run-ins. Yet no one could take away the fact that he is the only other Sri Lankan captain after Arjuna Ranatunga to lift a World Cup (2014).  

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan became Sri Lanka’s public enemy number 1 after he opted to controversially ‘time out’ Angelo Mathews during the 50-over World Cup that concluded recently. As much as people hate it, that was one moment that decided Bangladesh were going to ICC Champions Trophy next year and Sri Lanka are not.   

Hasaranga may not play the game in the spirit of Sangakkara or Rahul Dravid, he may not always get his decisions absolutely right, but under his captaincy Sri Lanka team will do everything possible to get the W.   

The former Richmond College star player was never groomed as a captain, but he currently leads a team which has at least five former skippers in Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis (ODI) and Charith Asalanka (Under-19).  

Hasaranga may be different from others, but he is proving his class with the bat and ball while captaining the team. Perhaps it’s time the selectors give him enough time to do what Lasith Malinga did as the captain.   

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By: Harsha Amarasinghe


Feb. 26 (Daily Mirror) - Wanindu Hasaranga has already become one of the most popular Sri Lankan captains in the recent past just a few games into his new tenure as the skipper of the Sri Lanka T20 team.   

Sri Lanka may have lost their third T20 against Afghanistan last week, but the manner in which the team was able to play, has clear indication that under Hasaranga, Sri Lanka would not mind taking an aggressive approach against any team.   

There was however, an incident which appears to become one of the talking points at the conclusion of the T20 game which Sri Lanka lost where one of the on-field umpires in Lyndon Hannibal failed to call a clear no-ball on the height. This triggered a very angry reaction from the newly-appointed captain who had a go at Hannibal as the teams were shaking hands. The leg spinner then went on to take a swipe at the umpire during his post-match press conference when he stated that the umpire needs to find a job in another field.   

This did not go down very well with the International Cricket Council (ICC) who have now suspended Hasaranga for a couple of T20 Internationals which will see him on the sidelines for the first two T20s against Bangladesh who have somehow become Sri Lanka’s arch-rival now.  

However, on the other hand, the Sri Lankan fans have been fully supportive of Hasaranga’s behaviour. The majority of them, appears to think that the skipper spoke for all the Sri Lankan fans during the controversial press conference.   

This raise the question whether Hasaranga is a worthy wildcard to captain the national team. 

Theoretically, there is no way one could justify his conduct given that cricket is a gentlemen’s game after all. Having said so, the game has changed so much over the last few decades.  

For instance, Virat Kohli may not be considered one of the nicest lads in cricket, but that doesn’t stop him from going down as the greatest batsman of all times, at least in ODIs.   

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were true gentlemen of the game - they played the game in the right spirit without causing much controversy - despite their glorious careers none of them were able to lift a World Cup as captain. Lasith Malinga only other hand, played the game slightly differently.

The fiery fast bowler did not shy away from being blunt. Especially, with the local media he has had a few run-ins. Yet no one could take away the fact that he is the only other Sri Lankan captain after Arjuna Ranatunga to lift a World Cup (2014).  

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan became Sri Lanka’s public enemy number 1 after he opted to controversially ‘time out’ Angelo Mathews during the 50-over World Cup that concluded recently. As much as people hate it, that was one moment that decided Bangladesh were going to ICC Champions Trophy next year and Sri Lanka are not.   

Hasaranga may not play the game in the spirit of Sangakkara or Rahul Dravid, he may not always get his decisions absolutely right, but under his captaincy Sri Lanka team will do everything possible to get the W.   

The former Richmond College star player was never groomed as a captain, but he currently leads a team which has at least five former skippers in Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis (ODI) and Charith Asalanka (Under-19).  

Hasaranga may be different from others, but he is proving his class with the bat and ball while captaining the team. Perhaps it’s time the selectors give him enough time to do what Lasith Malinga did as the captain.   

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Pathum Nissanka felicitated https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Pathum-Nissanka-felicitated/322-277754 https://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Pathum-Nissanka-felicitated/322-277754 Feb. 26 (Daily Mirror) - Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nissanka, an alumnus of Isipathana College, was honored for his remarkable achievement as the first double centurion in Sri Lanka on the final day of the 61st Battle of the Brothers. He was presented with a plaque/souvenir crafted from a genuine cricket bat by the Principal, Oshara Panditharatne, Senior Vice President of the Old Boys Association (OBA). (Pix by: Kushan Pathiraja) 


 

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Feb. 26 (Daily Mirror) - Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nissanka, an alumnus of Isipathana College, was honored for his remarkable achievement as the first double centurion in Sri Lanka on the final day of the 61st Battle of the Brothers. He was presented with a plaque/souvenir crafted from a genuine cricket bat by the Principal, Oshara Panditharatne, Senior Vice President of the Old Boys Association (OBA). (Pix by: Kushan Pathiraja) 


 

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