Sri Lanka loses advantage in South Africa Test

Sri Lanka’s advantage disappeared rapidly in the first test against South Africa on Tuesday as it struggled to 181-7 at stumps on Day 2, still 105 runs behind the Proteas’ mediocre 286. Sri Lanka had wrapped up South Africa’s first innings swiftly in the morning, taking four wickets for 19 runs in less than 10 overs, with Suranga Lakmal claiming a first career five-wicket haul. But the batsmen didn’t follow the lead of their bowlers as Sri Lanka tottered on 22-3 before captain Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva prevented a complete collapse. Mathews made 39 and Chandimal Read more...

Keep off Test cricket format-Mahela

Sri Lankan cricketing great Mahela Jayawardena has urged cricket officials to resist tinkering with the longer format of the game. Jayawardena is currently playing with the Central Stags in the Twenty20 Super Smash competition. And despite his days as an international cricketer being long gone, Jayawardena said that Test cricket wasn’t broken so there was no need to fix it. “I’m not a huge fan of having a lot of day night [Tests] but they may be a one off here and there which gives Read more...

Mumbai Indians retain Malinga

IPL franchise – Mumbai Indians has retained Lasith Malinga ahead of the 2017 IPL season. Malinga was retained for Rs. 7.5 crores. Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson was the costliest overseas player retained. He was bought for Rs 9.5 crores by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). All the eight franchises had a window to retain and release certain players from their squad ahead of the 10th season.  Read more...

Angelo Mathews wins Cricketer of the Year award

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been named as Cricketer of the Year 2015 while T M Dilshan was voted Dialog People’s Player of the year 2016 at the Dialog Cricket Awards on Wednesday (30). Mathews also won the award for ODI All Rounder of the Year 2015 while Vice Captain Dinesh Chandimal was named declared Test Batsman of the Year 2015. Young Sri Lankan batsmen Kusal Mendis, who won the Man of the Final and also the Man of the Series awards at the recent tri-series, took home the award for Read more...

Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate against the West Indies

Sri Lanka has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against the West Indies in the fifth match of the tri-nation series in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Javagal Srinath of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Upul Tharanga’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players Read more...

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by one run in ODI

West Indian batsman Evin Lewis hit his maiden one-day international hundred but his efforts went in vain as Sri Lanka held their nerve to secure a one-run victory at Queens Sports Club on Wednesday and advance to the triangular series final. Playing just his fourth ODI, Lewis struck a superb 148 but a series of run-outs ultimately hurt the West Indies as they finished on 329 for nine in response to Sri Lanka’s 330 for seven. Sri Lanka’s total was set up by Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis, Read more...

Murray wins to stay world number one

Britain’s Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one. With the year-end top ranking on the line, Murray won the much-anticipated final 6-3 6-4 at London’s O2 Arena. “I’m very happy to win and to be world number one is very special,” said the Scot. “It’s very special playing against Novak in a match like this.” Murray, 29, extended his career-best winning run to Read more...

Foley died of fluid build-up in lungs

Munster head coach Anthony Foley died after a heart condition caused fluid to build up in his lungs, a French coroner has said. The condition, known as acute pulmonary edema, was caused by “a heart rhythm disorder”, an autopsy revealed. Foley, 42, died on Saturday night at the hotel in Paris where Munster were staying before Sunday’s scheduled game against Racing 92. His funeral will be held in Killaloe, County Clare, on Friday at 12:00 BST. Foley’s body will be flown to Shannon Read more...

Buttler ‘disappointed’ with Bangladesh

Skipper Jos Buttler was “disappointed” by Bangladesh’s pointed celebrations of his dismissal in England’s 34-run defeat in Dhaka on Sunday. Buttler fell lbw to Taskin Ahmed for 57 to leave England 123-7, chasing 239. “You don’t have to run up to a guy. I’m disappointed to get out, but emotions were running high,” said Buttler. “I was a little bit disappointed in the fashion they celebrated. Mainly the way they celebrated by running towards me Read more...

Maxwell powers Australia to Twenty20 win over Sri Lanka

Another remarkable display of power hitting from Glenn Maxwell has helped Australia to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka for a clean sweep of the two-match Twenty20 series. Maxwell followed up his 145 not out in Tuesday’s 85-run win with a spectacular knock of 66 off 29 balls, including four sixes. The Victorian brought up his 50 off just 18 deliveries equalling his own and David Warner mark. Warner (25 off 24) was more circumspect than his opening partner, and the acting captain’s dismissal brought Read more...

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