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Sri Lanka stun India by five wickets in first T20
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 9:28 AM SL Time

Debutant Kasun Rajitha picked up three crucial wickets to help a depleted Sri Lanka stun the top-ranked Indians by clinching a five-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international in Pune Tuesday.

Belying their status as underdogs, the inexperienced Sri Lankan pace attack skittled out their hosts for a paltry 101 in 18.5 overs, India s third lowest score in T20 cricket.
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Sri Lanka, India set for exciting semi-final
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 12:27 PM SL Time

Rahul Dravid-coached India will rely on its all-round strengths to put it across buoyant Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Mirpur on Tuesday.

The power-packed Indians breezed through Group D with an all-win record against New Zealand, Nepal and Ireland, before crushing Namibia by 197 runs in the quarter-final.
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Sri Lanka thump England to book semi-final berth
Monday, 8 February 2016 - 1:58 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka Under-19s celebrate after dismissing Sam Curran for 25 in the ICC Under-19 World Cup quarter-final against England in Mirpur yesterday.

Avishka Fernando hit 95 off 96 balls after Wanidu Hasanranga grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with an impressive six-wicket win over England in Mirpur on Sunday.

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Super 20 Provincial Tournament final today Colombo has edge over Galle
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 10:23 AM SL Time

Taking the past games and the form of players into account, Colombo Commandos, led by Milinda Siriwardane, has slight upper hand over Galle Guardians, skippered by Dinesh Chandimal, when the two teams clash today in the final of the Super 20 Provincial Tournament which is scheduled for 7 p.m. under lights at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

In a tournament where a stiff competition was evident, Colombo lost only one game which was at the hands of Hambantota Troopers while Galle lost two games in the initial stage, one being against Colombo.
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Ford insists on excellence in fielding Sangakkara played key role in negotiations between Surrey and SLC
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 10:32 AM SL Time

South African Graham Ford (55) took charge as the national cricket team s Head Coach yesterday with his immediate focus on Sri Lanka s World T-20 title defence in March. Ford has six weeks and a minimum of seven games to get the national cricket team to peak prior to cricket s showpiece event in India.

Sri Lanka will play a bilateral series in India (three T-20s) and then the Asia Cup, a T-20 format this time around, prior to the World T-20. The defending champions title defence starts on March 17th at Eden Gardens in Calcutta. March 17th marks 21 years since the nation won the ICC Cricket World Cup beating Australia in the finals in Lahore.
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S. Thomas stun Isipathana with last minute try
Monday, 1 February 2016 - 10:02 AM SL Time

Boomindra Dissanayake came up with a magnificent performance scoring a last minute try to lead S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia to the Under-20 Inter-School Sevens Championship beating last year s runners-up Isipathana College 19 (2 goals, 1 try) points to 14 (2 goals) in the final played at Royal Sports Complex in Colombo on Sunday.

A minute away from the long whistle, Isipathana were leading 14 points to 12 and appeared settled to end the jinx of losing finals. However, Dissanayake had other ideas as he ran some 20 meters to touch under the post. The Thomian smartly brushed aside two tackles on his way to the line.
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Prasanna and Priyanjan star in Hambantota win
Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 8:57 AM SL Time

Seekkuge Prasanna, opening the batting, scored 40 runs off 21 balls and took two wickets while middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan scored an unbeaten 41 as Hambantota Troopers chased 163 to record a six-wicket win over Colombo Commandos in their Super T-20 Provincial Tournament match played at R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.

Colombo, put into bat, had a flying start with opener Niroshan Dickwella scoring 51 off 25 balls but their middle-order failed to finish the innings properly as they had to settle for 162.
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Holy Cross last pair defies Lumbini Under-19 Cricket
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 9:30 AM SL Time

The last pair of Holy Cross College, Rehan Vaas and Dilhara Nanayakkara put up a splendid rearguard action, batting for 16 overs, to defy Lumbini and avoid an outright defeat which looked almost certain at one stage of the Group-C match of the Under-19 cricket tournament at the Colts Ground on Tuesday.

Ravindu Sanjeewa with a century (112 in 119 balls, 11x4s, 3x6s) and Mohamed Akram with an eight wicket haul in the first innings set the stage for a possible Lumbini victory before the last pair of Holy Cross defied them.
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Super T-20 Provincial Tournament from today
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - 9:43 AM SL Time

With the World T-20 just around the corner, there is a lot of interest on the domestic T-20 competition and the Super T-20 Provincial Tournament gets underway today at R. Premadasa Stadium.

SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala said that this tournament will help selectors to select best teams for the upcoming World T-20 and Asia Cup.

`This is a good opportunity for players. I hope at least one good player will come out from this tournament and represent the country in the World T-20 and the Asia Cup` Sumathipala told journalists during a media briefing yesterday launching the tournament.
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Army stun Tamil Union to win T-20 Championship
Monday, 25 January 2016 - 8:51 AM SL Time

Underdogs Army SC came up with an outstanding all-round performance to win the Inter-Club T-20 Championship beating Tamil Union by five wickets in the finals at R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

Chasing a target of 166, Army s number three batsman Asela Gunaratne anchored the innings with an unbeaten 65 and with three overs to spare Janith Silva brought up the winning runs by lofting Suranga Lakmal for a six to complete a comprehensive victory.
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Prince of Wales enter last four Inter-school Under-13 Cricket
Friday, 22 January 2016 - 9:30 AM SL Time

The Prince of Wales Under-13 Div. I cricket team: (Front Row from Left) Upeka Fernando (V. Capt.), Kalpa Fernando (Junior Coach), Kushan Jayawickrema (Senior Coach), J.W.S. Siriwardena (Principal), Najith Jayaweera (Master-in-charge of Games), Chathura Mendis (Cricket Master-in-charge) and Induwara de Alwis (Capt.). (2nd Row from Left): Rehan Chamika, Samudra Medis, Kunchana Perera, Radeesha Perera, Sandes Wijetunga, Dinura Fernando, Minula Sandeepa, Yohan Kariyawasam, Tharindu Amarasinghe, Vidath Dilendra and Geeshan Fernando. (Back Row from Left): Induwara Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Peiris, Pasindu Pethum and Vinuja Ranpul.
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ICC suspends Warnaweera for breaching anti-corruption code
Thursday, 21 January 2016 - 9:10 AM SL Time

The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday announced that it has suspended Galle International Stadium curator Jayananda Warnaweera for three years after he failed to cooperate with the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in an ongoing investigation.

Warnaweera was charged with an offence under Article 2.4.6 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, which relates to `failing, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any reasonable investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code, including failure to provide information and/or documentation requested by the ACU that may be relevant to such investigation`.
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Cook in for South Africa, Finn out for England
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 10:24 AM SL Time

Johannesburg, Monday: Specialist opening batsman Stephen Cook has been added to the South African squad for the fourth and final Test against England starting in Centurion on Friday.

England, meanwhile, will be without fast bowler Steven Finn, who has been ruled out of the rest of the tour because of a side strain.

Finn will be replaced by Liam Plunkett for both the one-day international and Twenty20 series which follow the Test matches.

He is expected to be fit to be considered for selection for the World Twenty20 in India in March.
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Maxwell heroics guide Australia to series win
Monday, 18 January 2016 - 8:19 AM SL Time

MELBOURNE, Sunday: Glenn Maxwell blasted 96 from just 83 deliveries to lead Australia to a thrilling three-wicket win over India in the third one-day international Sunday and take the series.

After Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and sent India in to bat, the visitors made 295 for six from their 50 overs thanks largely to a superb 117 from Virat Kohli.
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