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Mumbai Indians need real Malinga to stand up
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:13 AM SL Time

One of the major reasons why Mumbai Indians have started their IPL campaign on a poor note is due to Lasith Malinga`s steep decline in form, India s Zee news agency said. In 2014, Mumbai lost five matches on the trot and this year is no different for them as they have lost three consecutive matches against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals respectively. Malinga, who is the highest wicket taker in the IPL, has picked just three wickets so far. In the previous match against Rajasthan Royals, he was expected to show his mettle in the death overs but was thrashed by Steven Smith all over the park. The slinger ended up conceding 41 runs from 4 overs. Malinga underwent surgery on a troubled left ankle last year in September, and missed Sri Lanka`s one-dayers in India and England after that. He wasn`t at his best in the ICC World Cup as well. Mumbai`s resurgence last season was a result of back-to-back formidable knocks played by Lendl Simmons, who helped the Rohit Sharma-led team reach the playoffs. But in order to come back on track this season, they need Malinga to be at his best in the remaining matches. Full Story     Post Reply To This

ICC hits SLC with funding blow over committee formation
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 10:02 AM SL Time

The ICC has said that it will withhold its next financial distribution due to Sri Lanka Cricket pending an investigation into possible government interference in Sri Lanka cricket. SLC`s board had been dissolved by the government last month and, on March 31, Sri Lanka`s sports minister Navin Dissanayake appointed a nine-member interim committee, headed by Sidath Wettimuny, to run Sri Lanka cricket.
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Sugath, Harin in the running for AASL reins - Despite warning from IOC and FIFA
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 10:01 AM SL Time

CT Sports: One of the glorious athletes in the country`s athletics history, Sugath Thilakaratne, will contest for the top post of the Athletics Association (AASL) this year, which is to be held on 14 May. He has been nominated by eight Associations for the AASL Presidency. Nominations for the post closed at 12.00 p.m. on 15 April (Wednesday).
Meanwhile, in a surprising move, Gampaha District Athletics Association have nominated Uva Province Chief Minister, Harin Fernando`s name for the presidency, while retired DIG Upali Kumarasiri too is in the running for the post, making it a three cornered battle for the top position.
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Asian Cricket Council to be dissolved ?-report
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - 9:23 AM SL Time

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will no longer be working as an independent organisation for running the game of cricket in Asian countries, Pakistan Observer reported.

According to the highly placed sources in Malaysia, the ACC s Head Quarter office will no more be functioning after June this year.

Only the two departments of the ACC (a) Finance department and (b) Tournament & Event management will operate from Singapore , the source added.
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Isipathna seal 23-17 win over St. Joseph s Inter-school Rugby
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 8:45 AM SL Time

Defending champions Isipathana College beat St. Joseph s College 23 to 17 in a thrilling Inter-school Rugby match played at CR & FC Grounds in Colombo on Saturday. (Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi)

Isipathna College edged out St. Joseph s College 23 (four tries, one penalty) to 17 (two goals, one penalty) points in a narrowly contested Inter-school Under-20 Div.1 league match concluded at CR & FC grounds at Longdon Place on Saturday. Pathana led 10-3 at half-time.

Isipathana started off well with a try from their captain Omalka Gunaratne who made fantastic run and touched down under the post in the ninth minute. They however failed to convert that try.
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DSS withstand Sammu assault to savour Singer Cup win Inter School Under-19 Cricket Final
Monday, 6 April 2015 - 10:41 AM SL Time

D. S. Senanayake clinched their first Under-19 Cricket title in more than ten years as they survived a threatening assault from Sammu Ashan (167 runs in 103 balls) to beat Ananda by 42 runs in a thrilling Singer Cup Inter School Under-19 Limited Overs Cricket tournament final at P. Sara Stadium on Sunday.

After winning the toss and deciding to field first, Ananda conceded 317 runs as the entire DSS batting line-up clicked with Thimila Vidyasekara, Visal Amugoda and Torin Pitigala scoring aggressive knocks.
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Why was Sangakkara sidelined?
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 9:38 AM SL Time

Many are the reasons put forward by critics, self-professed or otherwise, as to why and/or how Sri Lanka was edged out rather unceremoniously at the quarter-final stage from the World Cup 2015. Remember, Sri Lanka was runner-up both in 2007 and 2011. The causes for the present debacle however is really a subject far too complicated, lengthy, controversial and sometimes bordering on politics to be discussed here.

The simple question that needs focusing now is why was Sri Lanka s iconic Kumar Sangakkara, making his farewell appearance in One-day cricket not given due recognition, especially on the world stage after his phenomenal performance. Mere sugary words do not serve the purpose. Something more concrete should have been the answer, such as a special award. True, the Australians practically swept all before them deservedly so.
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Mystery move for cricket interim committee
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 11:09 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka s unsuspecting cricket fans who are sulking after a dismal performance by the national cricket team at the World Cup, will be given the perfect April Fool s Day gift by the country s conniving cricket officials and politicians who will take back the country s cricket towards the much despised Interim Committee era from today.

The day of appointing the new Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) interim committee is quite ironical for the people who voted a new political power into control just three months ago.
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Australia beat New Zealand in final to win World Cup
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 10:08 PM SL Time

Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today to win the World Cup for the fifth time and send their retiring captain Michael Clarke out as a winner.

Australian bowlers Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner captured three wickets each as the home side skittled New Zealand for 183 in 45 overs.

Grant Elliott top scored for the Black Caps with 83 but New Zealand`s hopes of winning the World Cup for the first time were dealt a savage blow when their captain Brendon McCullum was bowled for a duck in the first over of the day.
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No need for big motivation speech for semi-final De Villiers
Monday, 23 March 2015 - 10:38 AM SL Time

South Africa enter Tuesday s clash at Eden Park slight favourites after demolishing Sri Lanka by nine wickets, their first World Cup knockout win since their re-integration after apartheid.

I know the guys are up for it I feel the team is in a really good space at a really good time, De Villiers told reporters at Eden Park on Monday.

I will have a look at how the feelings are when we get to the ground. You normally get an indication during the warmup.
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Herath likely to miss Quarter final
Monday, 16 March 2015 - 10:58 AM SL Time

Key player Rangana Herath is most unlikely to be fit for the World Cup quarter final against South Africa on Wednesday, Sri Lanka team sources told Daily Mirror yesterday. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Shakib targets India after pushing New Zealand
Saturday, 14 March 2015 - 10:26 AM SL Time

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan insists they have nothing to fear when they tackle India for a place in the World Cup semi-finals after giving in-form New Zealand a huge scare on Friday. Full Story     Post Reply To This

World s worst Bhutan beat Sri Lanka in WC qualifier
Friday, 13 March 2015 - 9:59 AM SL Time

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the lowest-ranked team in international football, enjoyed a dream debut in the World Cup qualifiers Thursday by recording a shock 1-0 away victory over Sri Lanka.

Tshering Dorji scored the only goal in the 81st minute at Colombo s Sugathadasa stadium, stunning the vast majority of the 3,500-strong crowd who had been expecting the hosts to swat aside the visitors.

The winner came as Bhutan launched a counter attack after a sustained period of Sri Lankan pressure, with the skipper Karma Shedrup Tshering passing to Dorji who slotted home calmly from inside the penalty box.
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Bitter blow as Chandimal ruled out of World Cup
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 10:01 AM SL Time

Batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup after he sustained a hamstring injury during the epic clash between Sri Lanka and Australia in Sydney on Sunday. Chandimal had to retire hurt due to the hamstring injury during the run chase after his sparkling half-century kept Sri Lankan fans interested.

Chandimal hurt his hamstring when he attempted to play a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson in the 41st over of the Sri Lankan innings. He was in pain and received treatment from team s physiotherapist Steve Mount. With runners not allowed after the rule change to playing conditions, Chandimal continued. He dived attempting a second run later in the same Johnson over and that seemed to have aggravated the injury.
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