Oct 202018
England win another rain-marred ODI in Sri Lanka

KANDY, Sri Lanka: Thunder, lightning and torrential rain halted England on their Sri Lanka tour Saturday, but they wrapped up the One-Day International series against their hosts with a faster run rate.After Dasun Shanaka hit a boundary-smattered 66 to help Sri Lanka make 273-7 from their 50 overs, Jason Roy made 45 and England pair Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan were just shifting up a gear in the chase when dark clouds gathered over Kandy.With England on 132-2 from 27 overs, Root (32) and Morgan (31) seemed well placed to put their side on the route to victory. They already led the series 2-0 going into the fourth of the five games.As with the other wins, the decision came with the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern run-rate system, and England were awarded victory by 18 runs. Every game in the series has now been halted or interrupted by rain.While frustrated, Morgan will be satisfied with the show from his team in difficult circumstances.Roy closed in on a half century which included a six and five fours when an Akila Dananjaya leg spin hit his pad as he came down the wicket. The umpire did not give him out — but Sri Lanka demanded a review, which proved their shouting was justified.Morgan himself was shunting ahead with a six and three fours in 34 balls when the deluge started.Earlier, Shanaka led another starring role for Sri Lanka’s middle order after England won the toss and made the home side bat at the Pallekele stadium.Opener [Read More…]

Sep 182018
Sri Lanka slammed after early exit

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan newspapers and fans lambasted the national cricket team Tuesday after the former champions were dumped out of the Asia Cup by up-and-coming Afghanistan.“The flop of Asia,” ran the private Daily Mirror’s headline, while the state-run Daily News said One-Day cricket had hit a “nadir”.The Island daily lamented the “sad night for Sri Lankan cricket”.Afghanistan demonstrated their rise in international cricket with their 91-run win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Monday.Sri Lanka needed to win the Group B match to stay in the tournament but were outwitted by Afghanistan who put up a fighting total of 249 all out at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Sri Lanka, who now have lost 30 of their 40 matches since January 2017, had lost to Bangladesh by 137 runs in Dubai on Saturday at the opening match of the tournament.The Mirror said the performance did not augur well for the World Cup in England and Wales next year.“Sri Lanka now require a great deal of soul-searching to be a competitive outfit in white-ball cricket before the 1996 World Champions become a laughing stock in the world — if they aren´t that already,” the Mirror said.Disappointed Sri Lankan fans took to social media to went their anger, with many memes ridiculing the national team.“We could have stayed in the Asia Cup at least till India played its first match,” said one social media user.India’s first game, against Hong Kong, was scheduled for later Tuesday.Another social media user ridiculed batsman Kusal Mendis who was [Read More…]

Jan 092018
Sri Lanka bring back Mathews as limited-overs captain

COLOMBO: All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka’s limited-overs skipper six months after relinquishing the captaincy across all three formats. The 30-year-old stepped down as captain last year after Sri Lanka’s shock home defeat to Zimbabwe, which he described as “one of the lowest points” of his career.Dinesh Chandimal was named the new Test captain, while Upul Tharanga was put in charge of the limited overs side. Tharanga was then striped of the captaincy after a string of defeats and replaced by Thisara Perera, who oversaw the team’s 2-1 loss in India last month, on a temporary basis.“When I stepped down I never thought of taking over the captaincy again,” Mathews, who is expected to lead the side into the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, told reporters on Tuesday. “I took a few a few days to think about it, and because of a few reasons I decided to accept it.”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Mathews was given the job “on a long term basis” after he agreed to board president Thilanga Sumathipala’s request to shoulder the responsibility. “We need stability running into the World Cup,” said Mathews, who will begin the new phase of his captaincy in a tri-series in Bangladesh that also involves Zimbabwe later this month.“We’ve had a few captains over the last few months because of injuries. The other captains did a good job, though we didn’t get the results. But going into the World Cup we need that stability.”

Dec 242017
India sweep T20 series against Sri Lanka

MUMBAI: Paceman Jaydev Unadkat led a disciplined attack to set up India´s five-wicket win in the third Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka as the hosts completed a 3-0 whitewash on Sunday. Unadkat returned impressive figures of 2-15 to help restrict the visitors to 135-7. India then achieved their target with four balls to spare in a tense chase at the Wankhede Stadium. Manish Pandey top-scored with 32 but it was Dinesh Karthik (18) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16) who put on an unbeaten 31-run stand to take the team home. The win ensured that India end the year on a high after outplaying the islanders in the Test (1-0), one-day (2-1) and T20 series. Sri Lanka however put the hosts under pressure with regular strikes as paceman Dushmantha Chameera and medium-pace bowler Dasun Shanaka claimed two wickets each. Shanaka got skipper Rohit Sharma for 27, early in the chase. The in-form Sharma hit 4 fours and a six during his 20-ball stay but his wicket silenced the crowd. Shreyas Iyer, who scored 30 before being run out while backing up at the non-strikers end, and Pandey then put on a gritty 42-run stand for the third wicket but their departure spelt trouble. But veterans Karthik and Dhoni stayed calm in the final few overs when India needed 20 off 18 balls. Earlier Asela Gunaratne, who top-scored 36, and Shanaka, who hit an unbeaten 29 off 24 balls, gave some respectability to the total after the visitors lost their top three [Read More…]

Nov 182017
Sri Lanka gain upper handagainst India in rain-hit Test

KOLKATA: Angelo Mathews called on Sri Lanka’s batsmen to convert their half-centuries into big hundreds to secure victory against India in the rain-hit opening Test on Saturday. Mathews, who made 52 on his return from injury, put together a crucial 99-run third-wicket stand with Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 51, to make Sri Lanka end day three on 165-4 in Kolkata. The visitors trail India by seven runs with skipper Dinesh Chandimal not out on 13 and Niroshan Dickwella on 14. “We have to go out there and take responsibility and try and score as many runs as possible,” Mathews told reporters. “Fifties are not going to do any good to anyone. Not for me and not for my team. If we get a start we need to go onto get a big one. It was a challenging wicket,” the former captain said. The left-right batting combination of Thirimanne and Mathews mixed caution and aggression against a persistent Indian pace attack. Indian quicks Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav claimed two wickets each on a day when almost three full sessions were played. Only 31.5 overs were bowled on the first two days because of rain and bad light. Thirimanne, who was dropped on 27, edged a moving delivery by Yadav soon after registering his fifth Test fifty, and skipper Virat Kohli made no mistake at second slip. Yadav struck again in his next over to send Mathews, making a 50 in an impressive comeback from injury, back to the pavilion after [Read More…]

Nov 182017
Sri Lanka bowl out India for 172 in 1st Test

KOLKATA: Cheteshwar Pujara made a gritty 52 before India were bowled out for 172 on day three of the rain-hit first Test against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Saturday. Wriddhiman Saha (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) shared a 48-run sixth-wicket stand on a green Eden Gardens wicket while number-10 Mohammed Shami chipped in with a 22-ball 24. Pace spearhead Suranga Lakmal, who took three wickets on day one, finished with figures of 4-26 after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field. Lahiru Gamage, Dasun Shanaka and Dilruwan Perera claimed two wickets each.

Nov 152017
Sri Lanka introduces right-arm version of Paul Adams in U-19 Asia Cup

Sri Lanka’s 18-year-old spinner, Kevin Koththigoda, has left cricket fans with his unorthodox bowling action in utter bewilderment. In the ongoing edition of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup in Malaysia, Team Sri lanka introduced Koththigoda, who holds a bowling action reminiscent of South Africa’s chinaman exponent Paul Adams. The spinner is the latest entrant to this list of bowlers trying to challenge batsmen with their mysterious action. Koththigoda made his instant impression during Sri Lanka’s Group B clash against Afghanistan. In the game at Bayuemas Oval, Koththigoda sent down eight tidy overs and picked up a wicket to help his team defend a paltry total of 196 on a surface conducive for spin. Koththigoda hails from a place called Unawatuna in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The town is reportedly a few miles away from the iconic Galle Cricket Stadium.  Apart from being a leg-spinner, the bowler is also a useful lower-order batsman and a live-wire on the field. Coached by former Sri Lanka ‘A’ batsman Dhammika Sudarshana, the teenager first came into limelight by representing Richmond College. However, Richmond College already boasted of a quality leg-spinner in the form of Wanindu Hasaranga who made his senior debut in the ODI series against Zimbabwe. Hence, Koththigoda switched to arch-rival Mahinda College. Speaking to the press, Sudarshana quipped, “He has a very unusual action. It’s like that of Paul Adams. The action wasn’t coached or anything, it came naturally to him. Initially, he was struggling with the length as he [Read More…]

Nov 052017
Sri Lanka drop Mendis, Silva for India Tests

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Sunday dropped the out-of-form top order batsmen Kusal Mendis and Kaushal Silva from the squad for a three-match Test series against India starting in Kolkata next week. The board brought back all-rounders Dasun Shanaka and Dhananjaya de Silva to the squad led by Dinesh Chandimal.Former skipper and all-rounder Angelo Mathews has recovered from a recurring calf injury and was included in the squad. During Sri Lanka’s home series against India, the hosts lost all nine games — three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a lone Twenty20 — between July and September.After playing the first Test in Kolkata from November 16-20, the teams move to Nagpur for the second, which starts on November 24. The final Test will be played in Delhi between December 2-6. Squad: Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Roshen Silva. 

Oct 312017

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping to host Bangladesh and South Africa next year, with Afghanistan and Ireland having already shown interest in playing in Pakistan, claimed board chairman Najam Sethi. “Afghanistan and Ireland are ready to visit Pakistan next year but we are looking for the big names to come to Pakistan and play a full series here after we successfully hosted World XI and Sri Lanka in T20Is in Lahore,” said Sethi. “We hope that, after Sri Lanka’s visit, Bangladesh and South Africa will also come here next year. We can’t really say when, but we will try to host them some time in 2018.” After T20 success, Sri Lanka promises more Pakistan tours International cricket finally resumed in Pakistan as the first Test-playing nation came to the country, eight years on from the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. The post Hope to bring Bangladesh, South Africa to Pakistan soon: Sethi appeared first on The Express Tribune.