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Captain Angelo is Dialog Cricketer of the Year
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 2:00 PM SL Time

Dialog People s Player of Year Tillekeratne Dilshan receives his award from Supun Weerasinghe, Group CEO Designate, Dialog Axiata PLC. Mohan de Silva, Secretary, Sri Lanka Cricket is also in the picture.

(Right) Cricketer of the Year Angelo Mathews receives his award from Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister of Sports. Also in picture, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC and Thilanga Sumathipala, President SLC.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was named Cricketer of the Year at the Annual Dialog Cricket Awards last night at Water s Edge. It was the third time in a row that Mathews has won the prestigious award. Mathews was also named Test and ODI all-rounder of the year.
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Wrestling gets a facelift, David Peiris to sponsor Nationals
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - 8:23 AM SL Time

Pulsor Power will be the latest introductory tagline for this year s Wrestling Nationals, which will get a much needed facelift with the sponsorship of David Peiris Company, the sole agents for Bajaj motorcycles. This year s Wrestling Nationals is to be staged at the Sports Ministry Indoor Stadium in Colombo from December 1 to 3.

`This (wrestling) is the sport of the ancient kings, the world s first fighting art and, in a way, the first sport. This is something very close to our lives. So, by sponsoring the wresting nationals, David Peiris has done a praiseworthy deed,` said Neville Pathmasiri, President of the Sri Lanka Wrestling Federation.
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Younger guys have shown maturity - Vandersay
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 8:30 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay picked up three wickets to help to set up Sri Lanka s six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the tri-series final, and his dismissals of Craig Ervine and debutant Tarisai Musakanda proved to be the turning point in the match. Vandersay, who last played an ODI series for Sri Lanka in January, said that his side s ability to pick wickets in clusters made the difference against Zimbabwe.

Vandersay snapped the 53-run stand between Ervine and Musakanda when he had the former caught and bowled, and two overs later he had Musakanda caught at slip for a run-a-ball 36 as Sri Lanka asserted their dominance. `It was not only [the two early wickets I took], but the quick sessions we bowled where wickets were falling regularly,` Vandersay said. `We kept it going, kept building up the dot balls, and that built pressure.`
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Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe in one-day series
Monday, 28 November 2016 - 9:28 AM SL Time

Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis struck half centuries as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by six wickets to clinch the triangular series trophy at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo today. After bowling Zimbabwe out for 160 inside 37 overs, Sri Lanka surrendered early wickets cheaply before Tharanga and Mendis chased down a target of 161 with more than 12 overs to spare. Sri Lanka`s top order were punished for a series of loose strokes as they sunk to 42 for three in reply to Zimbabwe`s modest total, with left-arm seamer Brian Vitori picking up all three wickets. But Mendis and Tharanga took a more circumspect approach, patiently adding 75 for the fourth wicket to make the result a formality. Mendis fell for 57 with Sri Lanka requiring another 44 runs for victory, but captain Tharanga finished unbeaten on 57 to see his side across the line, before lifting the trophy from a series that also involved the West Indies. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Kandy s resurgence to continue
Saturday, 26 November 2016 - 8:48 AM SL Time

That Kandy SC would recover from that Air Force slump and storm back in a matter of days was a given fact. They have too much talent and class in their ranks to do otherwise. Today (Saturday), the reigning champions entertain the Police at their seemingly impregnable fortress, at Nittawela.

Was Kandy thoroughly convincing in their win over the Army? Not so, say some. Kandy got by because of individual brilliance. In this respect Dharmapala and Ramanayake stood out.

Played in rain thunder and lightning, the conditions would have favoured the visiting team with their decidedly heavier pack. Yet, for around five to seven minutes, following the stoppage for lightning, the Army forwards gave their more reputed forwards a tough time. They even scored a try. Army s weakness against the high ball was exploited by Kandy. It may have been due to a lack of basics, but the Army committed mistakes when attacking the goal line.
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Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate
Friday, 25 November 2016 - 9:25 AM SL Time

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 are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
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Indian spinners hurt England s chase
Monday, 21 November 2016 - 9:45 AM SL Time

Late strikes by Indian spinners jolted England after skipper Alastair Cook s dogged half-century gave the visitors hope on the fourth day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Chasing a mammoth 405 for victory, England were precariously placed at 87 for two at stumps, with Joe Root batting on five as Cook s stubborn resistance came to an end with the close of play.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja trapped Cook lbw for 54 and even though the batsman reviewed the decision, the on-field umpires call was upheld. England need 318 to win.
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St. Joseph s Under-15 All Island Schools soccer champs
Friday, 18 November 2016 - 9:32 AM SL Time

St. Joseph s College, Colombo 10, captained by Lushane de Silva emerged champions at the Under-15 All Island Samaposha Soccer Championships held recently, beating Al Aqsa College, Kinniya 2-0, in the final played at the Sir Albert Peiris Stadium, Wennappuwa.

After qualifying for the final round, St. Joseph s College beat St. Henry s College, Illavali 5-2, in the pre-quarter final, Samanthurai Muslim MV 3-1 in the quarter final, St. Sebastian s College, Katuneriya 3- 2 in the semi dinal, and finally Al Aqsa College, in a nail biting final.
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West Indies bowlers shine in bonus point win
Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 10:19 AM SL Time

Superb bowling allowed the West Indies to overcome the absence of several key players as they beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs in the second one-day international in Harare on Wednesday.

After managing just 227 all out with the bat, Ashley Nurse and Shannon Gabriel grabbed three wickets apiece and captain Jason Holder picked up two as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 165 inside 44 overs.

As a result the West Indies also picked up a bonus point, putting them level on five points with Sri Lanka, who beat Zimbabwe in Monday s series opener in the triangular series.
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S. Africa humble Australia, win series
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 - 9:18 AM SL Time

South Africa demolished Australia by an innings and 80 runs after yet another batting collapse to claim their third successive Test series Down Under Tuesday, plunging the hosts further into crisis.

The Proteas bowled out the home side for 161 before lunch on the fourth day, rattling through their last eight wickets for 32 in 116 balls, after routing Australia for 85 in the first innings.

The overpowering victory followed a 177-run win against Steve Smith s shattered team in the first Perth Test, with South Africa emulating the intimidating West Indies sides of the 1980-1990s with three straight series wins in Australia.
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Sri Lanka hand Zimbabwe ODI thrashing
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - 9:01 AM SL Time

A change of format could not bring a change in fortunes for Zimbabwe, as Sri Lanka thrashed them by eight wickets in the first match of a one-day international triangular series at Harare Sports Club on Monday.

Four days after Sri Lanka sealed a 2-0 Test series sweep, the tourists bowled Zimbabwe out for 154 before chasing their target inside 25 overs to claim a bonus-point victory.

As with the Test matches, Zimbabwe suffered from the fragility of their top order, falling to 14 for three in the first five overs.
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Herath caps series sweep with 13-for
Friday, 11 November 2016 - 9:44 AM SL Time

It took Sri Lanka a little over 50 minutes to wrap up proceedings on the final day in Harare. Resuming on 180 for 7, Zimbabwe folded for 233 to give Sri Lanka a 257-run win. Rangana Herath, in his first and perhaps the last series as Sri Lanka captain - he stood in for the injured Angelo Mathews - celebrated a 2-0 series win with a ten-wicket haul. His match-figures of 13 for 152, his sixth ten-for in Tests, took his series tally to 19 wickets.

Craig Ervine, who made a battling half-century on the fourth day, stood between Sri Lanka and an early finish. In the first six overs, he seemed keen on playing to the merit of the ball. But the frustration of being unable to get runs - Zimbabwe had just one scoring shot in the first 23 minutes - resulted in him gloving an audacious reverse sweep from the rough off Herath to Dhananjaya de Silva at slip.
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Herath spins Sri Lanka towards Zimbabwe sweep
Thursday, 10 November 2016 - 8:41 AM SL Time

Rangana Herath registered his second five-wicket haul in as many days as Sri Lanka closed in on victory in the second Test against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

Herath followed up his five-wicket haul in the first innings with 5 for 45 in the second as Zimbabwe, set 491 to win, went to stumps on the fourth evening on 180 for seven.

The feat not only took Herath to 50 wickets in the calendar year in just his eighth Test but also gave him the seventh 10-wicket match haul in his career.
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Chari, Ervine firm after SL s 504
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - 9:35 AM SL Time

An unbroken century stand between Brian Chari and Craig Ervine gave Zimbabwe a solid start after Asela Gunaratne s maiden Test hundred had carried Sri Lanka to 504 on the second day of the second Test at Harare Sports Club on Monday.

Playing just his second Test, Gunaratne scored 116 to marshal the tail to good effect and frustrate the Zimbabwean bowlers, before his dismissal brought the end of the Sri Lankan innings on the stroke of tea.

When Rangana Herath opened the bowling and grabbed the wickets of Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza to reduce Zimbabwe to 17 for two, the hosts looked to be embarking on one of their trademark batting collapses.
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