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Aussies slam poor R. Premadasa wicket
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 - 10:01 AM SL Time

Australian opener Aaron Finch slammed the pitch used for the first ODI at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday despite the tourists recording a three wicket win over a Sri Lankan side that contained several spin options.

Following Australia s humiliating defeat in the Test series, where they were whitewashed 3-0, Finch gave Australia the edge with a swashbuckling half-century. Skipper Steven Smith too hit a fifty as Australai won with 19 deliveries to spare. Finch hit 56 off 46 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes.
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Australia beat Sri Lanka in first ODI
Monday, 22 August 2016 - 10:11 AM SL Time

Australia beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in the first One Day International played at the R. Premadasa Stadium today, chasing a target of 228. Australia Captain Steven Smith scored 58 while Aaron Finch secured 56 off 46 balls. Dilruwan Perera took 3 for 48 while Lakshan Sandakan took 2 for 33 in five overs. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Sri Lanka name squad for first two ODIs
Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 1:29 PM SL Time

Eighteen-year-old Avishka Fernando and leg-spinner Amila Aponso have been included in the Sri Lanka 16-man Squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia starting on Sunday in Colombo. Avishka comes into the side on the back of some impressive performances in England where he scored back-to-back centuries against England Under-19 to lead Sri Lanka Under-19 to a 3-0 whitewash. Amila had a strong run with the Sri Lanka Development Squad in South Africa. Both cricketers are from St. Sebastian`s College, Moratuwa. Veteran opener T. M. Dilshan has also been recalled to play what will probably be his last ODI series for Sri Lanka. Also included are spinning all-rounder Milinda Siriwardana and fast-bowling all-rounder Thisara Perera who missed out the ODI series in England. Angelo Mathews will captain the squad. Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep will spearhead the fast-bowling attack while the spin attack consists of Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and Seekkuge Prasanna. Dhananjaya de Silva who had a stellar run with the bat during the Test series has also been included as a batting all-rounder. (Champika Fernando) The Squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain) Thilakaratne Dilshan Danushka Gunathilaka Dinesh Chandimal Kusal Mendis Kusal Perera Dhananjaya de Silva Milinda Siriwardana Seekkuge Prasanna Dilruwan Perera Nuwan Pradeep Lakshan Sandakan Avishka Fernando Amila Aponso Thisara Perera Full Story     Post Reply To This

Cherishing our finest hour in cricket
Friday, 19 August 2016 - 10:00 AM SL Time

The great game of ours is filled with uncertainties. Steven Smith arrived in Colombo having not lost a Test match in the 11 games he had been in charge as Australian captain. Australia were world s number one ranked team. Their preparations were meticulous.

By arriving 17 days before the first Test, the tourists wanted to be well prepared for the turning tracks here. They used Sri Lankan experts such as Muttiah Muralitharan and Tilan Samaraweera to stay one step ahead of the opponents.
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If Herath was English he would be knighted- Sanga
Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 9:52 AM SL Time

Commenting on Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath s 13 wickets at the third test match which secured the victory against Australia, former cricketer Kumar Sangakkara today said that if Herath was English he would be knighted . In a tweet, Sangakkara said he was glad Herath was a Sri Lankan. He deserves the highest credit and recognition, great man he tweeted. Sri Lanka for the first time in its cricket history beat Australia by 163 runs in the third and final test match played at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds. Herath took a total of 28 wickets throughout the test series. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Sri Lanka sense series whitewash after Kaushal century
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 - 8:48 AM SL Time

A sensational century under pressure by Kaushal Silva put Sri Lanka in a commanding position in the third and final Test against Australia at SSC and put them in the driver s seat to complete a 3-0 whitewash against world s number one ranked team. Sri Lanka finished day four on 312 for eight yesterday and now have a lead of 288 with two wickets in hand. Having already claimed the Warne-Muralitharan trophy following their superb victories at Pallekele and Galle, the hosts will be looking to rub salt into Australian wounds.
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Third Test evenly poised
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 - 10:33 AM SL Time

The third and final Test between Australia and Sri Lanka is evenly poised after a much improved batting performance by the tourists on day three here at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground yesterday.

Centuries by Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith and a half-century by Mitchell Marsh helped Australia to post a first innings total of 379 and take a slender lead of 24 runs. Sri Lanka were 22 for one at stumps and require two more runs to erase the deficit.
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Australia fightback after Chandimal hundred
Monday, 15 August 2016 - 9:57 AM SL Time

An outstanding century by vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka to post 355 runs in their first innings of the third Test against Australia, but the tourists fought back with Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith hitting half-centuries to finish on 141 for one at stumps on day two at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground yesterday.

The Australians have already lost the series having struggled to play spin bowling. But there was an assured performance yesterday after opener David Warner fell early and then Smith and Marsh were involved in an unfinished 120 run stand for the second wicket.
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Sri Lanka eye whitewash against Aussies
Saturday, 13 August 2016 - 10:29 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka have been involved in three whitewashes so far in Test cricket and they will head to today s third and final Test against Australia at Sinhalese Sports Club ground believing they can pull of their biggest series win in the history. Sri Lanka s previous 3-0 whitewashes have been against West Indies (2001), Zimbabwe (2001) and Bangladesh (2007) and the prospect of a clean sweep against world s number one ranked team is exciting.
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Another trial by spin awaits Aussies
Friday, 12 August 2016 - 10:00 AM SL Time

Four decades ago, they used to say, If Lillee don t get you, Thommo will. Australia s Test team, facing the humiliation of a 3-0 whitewash, will go into the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday with their confidence shattered and expect a banner or two at the SSC which says, If Rangana don t get you, Dilruwan will.

Except for the first two days of the series, so far this has been an absolute cake walk to the Sri Lankans as the margins of victory suggest. The hosts won the rain-curtailed first Test at Pallekele by 106 runs before sealing the series in Galle winning by 229 runs well inside three days.
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Aravinda stresses need to develop grass root levels
Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 10:32 AM SL Time

One of the finest thinkers of the game of cricket, former great Aravinda de Silva s thoughts are much sought after although a decade and half has passed since he retired from the sport. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has used Aravinda s expertise extensively, but he remains reluctant to take up a role on a full time basis due to his business interests. Aravinda is the Chairman of SLC s Cricket Committee, the wing that advises the board on technical aspects of the game.
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Sri Lanka back misfiring openers for final Test
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 10:56 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka have backed the misfiring opening duo of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva for the third and final Test against Australia that gets underway at Sinhalese Sports Club ground on Saturday.

The squad for the final Test remains the same with the addition of fast bowler Suranga Lakmal, who was taken out of the squad ahead of the first Test after he complained about hamstring strain.

Lakmal has been drafted back into the squad in place of injured fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep.
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Angelo can become best captain produced by Sri Lanka Arjuna
Tuesday, 9 August 2016 - 9:56 AM SL Time

World Cup winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga paid a glowing tribute to current skipper Angelo Mathews when he said that the latter could go onto become the best captain produced by Sri Lanka.

In an interview with The Island, Ranatunga said that winning a Test series against Australia is no mean task and that Mathews could go onto become the greatest .
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Raheem fourth in 100m backstroke heat
Monday, 8 August 2016 - 11:18 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan swimmer Kimiko Raheem finished fourth in the second heat of the women s 100m backstroke event with a timing of 1:04.21 at Rio 2016 short while ago. Full Story     Post Reply To This

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