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Plunkett seals stunning Sri Lanka tie
Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 10:17 AM SL Time

Tail-ender Liam Plunkett hit a six off the last ball of the match as England achieved a remarkable tie in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka in Nottingham on Tuesday.

England, set 287 to win, collapsed to 30 for four and 82 for six. But a stand of 138 between man-of-the-match Chris Woakes, who made an ODI-best 95 not out, and Jos Buttler (93) revived their chances.

After England had seen their hopes of victory disappear in a final over where they needed 14 to win, Plunkett drove the last ball from Nuwan Pradeep for a six over long-off to the delight of a capacity crowd at Trent Bridge.
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Eranga to return home
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 - 8:49 AM SL Time

Fast bowler Shaminda Eranga, who was admitted to hospital with a heart ailment on Saturday, will return home once he receives clearance to fly from doctors in Ireland, Sri Lanka`s team manager Charith Senanayake told The Island yesterday.

Eranga experienced elevated heart beat while warming-up ahead of Sri Lanka`s second ODI against Ireland and after being examined by doctors at the ground was advised to be sent to hospital.

The Sri Lankan team flew back to England on Sunday to begin the limited overs leg against England. The first ODI of the five match series begins today at Trent Bridge. The game starts at 6:30pm Sri Lanka time.
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Sri Lanka beat Mexico 22-19
Monday, 20 June 2016 - 9:32 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka defeated Mexico 22-19 in their Shield semi final final match of the Monaco Sevens in Stade Louis stadium in Monaco yesterday.

The Tuskers scored four tries as centre Kanchana Ramanayake crossed the try line twice while scrum half Srinath Sooriyabandara and Jason Dissanayake also chipped in with tries.

Lankans were beaten 33-14 by Morocco in their Bowl Championship quarter final match. Morocco led 14-0 at halftime. Sri Lanka produced some fight with two tries in the second half as Ramanayake and Richard Dharmapala touched down to reduce the deficit to 21-14, but Morocco managed to score two late tries completely taking the game away from the islanders.
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Science slight favourites over Royal
Friday, 17 June 2016 - 9:10 AM SL Time

Royal College will take on Science College in their inter-school Under-20 League Rugby match which will be played at the Havelock grounds in Colombo on Saturday.

Science College, third in the points table will certainly fancy their chances against Royalists in this fixture which will decide who finish on third. They have had a pretty decent season losing only to the two unbeaten sides Isipathana College and domestic rivals S. Thomas College while beating Wesley College, Trinity College, Kingswood College, Dharmaraja College and St. Anthony s College and St. Peter s College.
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Sri Lanka take on Ireland today
Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 12:22 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka will take on Ireland in a two-match ODI series in Dublin starting today. The second and final game will take place on Saturday. The tourists then will return to Nottingham to start their campaign in the five-match ODI series against England starting on June 21st.

So far Sri Lanka have played two ODIs against Ireland and won both.

Ireland created an upset when they beat West Indies in the World Cup last year. However, their form was patchy during the World T-20 this year where they were beaten by Oman.
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Mathews backs misfiring Thirimanne
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 10:07 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has backed misfiring top order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne after he finished the Test series against England without a single half-century. Thirimanne managed just 87 runs in five innings with a top score of 22. Despite all the hype of Thirimanne s superior technique and fine temperament, he was an utter failure as Sri Lanka lost the series 2-0.

Spinner Rangana Herath had better returns with the bat scoring 109 runs in five innings with a top score of 61.
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Third Test drawn after rain
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 10:01 AM SL Time

Only 13 overs were possible out of the scheduled 98 on the final day of the third Test between England and Sri Lanka which ended in a draw here in London yesterday. Heavy rains washed out the entire morning session and although play resumed after lunch only 16 minuets of action was possible as the players were forced indoors due to another heavy downpour.

They returned briefly after tea, but further interruptions brought an early end to the final day s play with no result possible.
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Sri Lanka chase stiff 362 run target to create history
Monday, 13 June 2016 - 9:25 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka need to rewrite the history book if they were to secure a memorable first ever Test win at the iconic Lord s cricket ground today on the final day of the third Test match against England here in London. They were yesterday a set a daunting target of 362 to win the Test after England declared their second innings on 233 for seven.

Sri Lanka were left with 51 minutes of play on the penultimate day and opener Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw off the period adding 32 runs without being separated. The tourists need a further 330 runs to win the Test.
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Openers solid as Sri Lanka reach 62 for no loss at tea
Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 10:21 AM SL Time

After Sri Lanka`s batting woes in the series, finally Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva provided the team a good start adding 62 runs without being separated at tea on day two of the third and final Test match against England here at Lord`s.

It was Sri Lanka`s best opening stand in the series and set the stage for other batsmen to make merry on a flat surface.

Karunaratne was edgy to start with and was dropped on 28 off Chris Woakes` first delivery of the match by wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow. England also had a close leg before shout against the batsman reviewed but he he saw it through to the tea break.
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Bairstow drop hurts Sri Lanka
Friday, 10 June 2016 - 10:22 AM SL Time

With their backs to the wall and needing an improved performance to avoid a 3-0 whitewash, Sri Lanka came up with a decent effort in third and final Test against England here at the Lord s cricket ground as they restricted the hosts to 279 for six at stumps on day one.

Sri Lanka lost the opening Test at Leeds by an innings and 88 runs inside three days and then suffered a nine wicket loss in the second game at Chester-le-Street on day four. With the series already lost, the tourists were playing for pride.
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Eranga sent to Loughborough University for testing
Tuesday, 7 June 2016 - 10:33 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga, who was reported for a suspect bowling action following the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street was sent to Loughborough University yesterday for testings on his bowling action.

Loughborough University is situated in Leicestershire, a two and half hour drive from London. The facility is an ICC accredited centre for suspected illegal bowling action analysis.

Technically, the right-arm medium fast bowler is available for selection for the third Test and is likely to feature at Lord`s. A player is free to represent his team after being reported until the results of the suspect action analysis are out.
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Raising the game at Home of Cricket
Sunday, 5 June 2016 - 10:49 AM SL Time

For all cricketers, Lord s is a special place given the history and tradition of the venue. Often big stars get overawed by the place that they become spectacular failures here. Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting are all modern day greats, but none of them have a Test hundred here. So does Aravinda de Silva.

However, Aravinda s century during England s domestic one-day competition

final for Kent against Lancashire in 1995 is still highly spoken of and its one of the rare instances where a player on the losing side went onto win the Man of the Match award.
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Trishaw driver s son set to conquer Lord s
Saturday, 4 June 2016 - 8:31 AM SL Time

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Trishaw driver s son set to conquer Lord s
June 3, 2016, 9:36 pm

Rex Clementine

reporting from London

Indian scientist Dr. Abdul Kalam told youngsters to dream. He went on to add, `Dream is not what you see in sleep. Dream is something which doesn t let you sleep. In Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis, millions of youngsters have a role model to look up to and chase their own dreams. The eldest son of trishaw driver, Mendis pursued his cricketing talents amidst many hardships.
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Sri Lankans hoping for better luck, weather in London
Friday, 3 June 2016 - 10:11 AM SL Time

The national cricket team arrived in London on Wednesday and will resume training on Saturday ahead of the third Test against England at Lord s here in London starting on the 9th of June. The tourists have already lost the series having suffered defeats at Leeds and Chester-le-Street and another defeat here in London would make this Sri Lanka s worst tour of England.

The team s worst performance in England so far is the 2-0 defeat they suffered in 2002. The good news is that, generally, the Sri Lankans have done well at Lord s having not lost a Test here in 25 years. The last time they were beaten at Lord s was in 1991 when Aravinda de Silva s side was beaten by 137 runs.
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