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Massive shock for SL after World T-20 triumph
Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 11:28 PM SL Time

Paul Farbrace, who was Assistant Sri Lankan coach to Trevor Bayliss from 2007 to 2009 has been linked with a coaching position with ECB. Bayliss is the front runner to take over the position vacated by Andy Flower as England s Director of Coaching.

by Rex Clementine

Sri Lanka s cricket establishment received a massive shock yesterday after coach Paul Farbrace was linked with a coaching role with England yesterday. Britain s Daily Telegraphy reported that Farbrace has had discussions with the management of English and Wales Cricket Board and was pondering a move back to England.
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Asafa Powell banned for 18 months for doping
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 2:02 AM SL Time

Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has received an 18-month ban for failing a drugs test. The Jamaican sprinter, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year`s national championships but the suspension has been backdated and will end on 20 December, 2014. Powell called the ruling `unfair and unjust`, and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated. He plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. On Tuesday, fellow sprinter Sherone Simpson was also banned by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and...
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Thurstan win rain-affected final
Friday, 11 April 2014 - 12:46 PM SL Time

Thurstan College Colombo emerged as Sri Lanka Schools under-19 limited over cricket champions when they beat S. Thomas` College, Mt. Lavinia by 49 runs on Duckworth and Lewis system at Tyrone Fernando Stadium in Moratuwa and played for the Singer Cup yesterday. The fifty over match was restricted to 47 overs due to bad weather.

Thomian skipper Madushanka Ravichandra Kumar decided to take the first lease and they were all out 46.2 overs. Chenuka Wickramasinghe top scored for Thomians with an elegant knock of 72 runs While Sri Lanka schools under 19 cricketer Thilksha Sumanasiri made 63 runs. Suresh de Mel contributed with 25 runs and Chenuka Wickramasinghe and Sanesh de Mel put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket.
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SL s unsung hero on World T-20 triumph
Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 11:48 AM SL Time

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa when the champion team was felicitated at Temple Trees on Tuesday.

Following Sri Lanka s splendid triumph in the World T-20 over bitter rivals India, players with flamboyance have earned all the accolades. Kumar Sangakkara was outstanding during the run chase, Lasith Malinga was brilliant during the death overs while Thisara Perera s monstrous hitting helped Sri Lanka to win with ease, but the contributions of left-arm spinner Rangana Herath have gone unnoticed.
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Warm welcome for world conquering Lankans
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 10:22 AM SL Time

It looked like as if the New Year has dawned one week earlier as more than two million cricket fans gathered alongside the road from Katunayake to Colombo to give a warm welcome last evening to the Lankan Lions who won the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup.
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Sri Lanka finally taste Cup success as India crumble
Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 11:48 AM SL Time

Lasith Malinga is perched atop a cycle rickshaw with the World T20 trophy in Dhaka on April 7, 2014. Sri Lanka beat India to win the title.

Sri Lanka s stunning victory over India in the World Twenty20 final underlines how success in hit-and-run cricket depends not on form, but on how a team performs over those three hours in the field.
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Sanga`s swansong breaks jinx as SL triumph
Monday, 7 April 2014 - 12:00 PM SL Time

by Shahid Hashmi

DHAKA, April 6, 2014 (AFP) - Kumar Sangakkara hit a memorable half-century to help Sri Lanka to a six-wicket victory over India in the World Twenty20 final in Dhaka on Sunday.

The veteran left-hander knocked a 35-ball 52 not out in his last Twenty20 match to guide the Sri Lankan chase of a modest 131-run target in 17.5 overs at a packed Shere Bangla stadium.

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Sri Lanka, India set for intriguing final
Sunday, 6 April 2014 - 3:02 PM SL Time

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) and Sri Lanka cricket captain Lasith Malinga (R) pose with the ICC World Twenty20 trophy at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on April 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO

DHAKA, April 5, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lanka face a daunting test of nerves from dominant India in Sunday s all-Asian World Twenty20 final in Dhaka that is rich with incentives for both teams.
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Clinical Sri Lanka through to final
Friday, 4 April 2014 - 3:04 PM SL Time

Sri Lankan cricketer Lahiru Thirimanne plays a shot during the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on April 3, 2014.

Sri Lanka played textbook sub-continental cricket to cut short West Indies run in the ICC World Twenty20. Lasith Malinga s team chose to bat, started brightly, consolidated in the middle overs, ended with a flourish, got early breakthroughs with pace and choked the chase with spin. It s a fantastic plan for winning T20 matches, but you need to have the personnel to implement and the courage to stick to your guns. Sri Lanka had both in spades, and took the game by 27 runs, keeping West Indies down to 80 for 4 from 13.5 overs in pursuit of 161 on Thursday (April 3) night.
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Lankan seniors to the fore in rout of Black Caps
Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 10:08 AM SL Time

The manner in which Sanga and Mahela helped rookie captain, Lasith Malinga was from pure, posh breeding and goes back centuries of time.

gems and artifacts had been spirited away, the Government of Margaret Thatcher gave us an outright gift to build the Victoria Dam. But much of the money was spent on equipment and wages of the Construction Engineers, Balfour & Beatty.

But to hark back to the Sri Lanka s victory over NZ, when we had to defend a meager total, it was all about team work, wherein the seniors stood up to be counted in our hour of need. Full Story     Post Reply To This

King Herath takes Sri Lanka to semi-final
Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 11:10 AM SL Time

A perfect spell of left-arm spin bowling from Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka s portly powerhouse, left New Zealand gasping in what should have been a comfortable chase of 120 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Herath, playing for the first time this tournament, cut through the New Zealand top order with guile, skill and beauty rarely associated with the shortest form of the game.

As clinically efficient as New Zealand had been on the field, there was something visceral about watching a master craftsman go about his work, and when the chase ended at 60, giving Sri Lanka a 59-run win, Herath could proudly lead the team off the field.
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Captain Chandimal`s suspension: does it fit the crime?
Monday, 31 March 2014 - 9:41 AM SL Time

The team upsetting news that Sri Lankan Captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended for one match would certainly have broken the morale and the backbone of the Sri Lankan cricketers who are challenging strongly to win the Twenty20 Cup that has eluded them, since its inception.

But the Sri Lankan team is made up of sterner stuff and they will treat the suspension of Chandimal as a challenge. Sri Lanka meet New Zealand in a must win game today at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium at 7 p.m.
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Malinga s biggest challenge
Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 10:40 AM SL Time

Lasith Malinga will lead the side in Monday s crucial Super Ten game against New Zealand as Dinesh Chandimal is suspended due to a slow over rate offence.

by Rex Clementine

Everyone thought that Sri Lanka were the best prepared team in the World T-20 having spent more than two months in Bangladesh prior to cricket s one of the showpiece events. But they have been caught unawares as the tracks in Chittagong haven t turned as much as their spinners would have liked and the dew factor has killed the effectiveness of slow bowlers.
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SL v ENG Sri Lanka eye semis in World T20
Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 11:02 AM SL Time

(AFP) - Sri Lanka will target a place in the semis in their match against England in Chittagong, as action resumes after a day s rest in World Twenty20 on Thursday.

A win will establish Sri Lanka s position in Group One. South Africa, in the same group, will also seek an easy win against the Netherlands, on Thursday.

However, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said his side will not take anything for granted.

England are a good T20 side and we have special game plans for them but we are never going to underestimate them, said Chandimal, whose team beat South Africa by five runs in their opening match.
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