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Sri Lanka enter new era in Pakistan decider
Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 10:34 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka will get a glimpse of a future without their batting greats when the decisive third and final Test against Pakistan begins in Pallekele on Friday.

For the first time in 15 years since Kumar Sangakkara s debut in July 2000, Sri Lanka will take the field in a Test without either him or Mahela Jayawardene in the ranks.

Sangakkara, Test cricket s leading current run-getter, committed himself to playing just two Tests against Pakistan and two more against India in August before retiring.
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Sri Lanka square series with seven wicket win
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 8:23 AM SL Time

ri Lanka bagged the second Test against Pakistan comfortably by seven wickets to square the three match series 1-1 before lunch on the final day of the game at P. Sara Oval yesterday. With rain and bad light washing out the last session of fourth day s play and rain clouds threatening to spoil the final day, there were concerns that the home team will have to travel to Kandy still trailing the series.

Sri Lanka started off the run chase in positive fashion and the skies cleared to enable a result as the hosts chased the target of 153 with just three wickets down going at a run rate of 5.7.
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Sri Lanka chase 153 to win second Test
Monday, 29 June 2015 - 11:08 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka will require 153 runs today to win the second Test Match against Pakistan and square the three match Test series at the P. Sara Oval. Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad came up with a superb bowling effort to bowl out Pakistan for 329 runs in their second innings. Tea was taken at the fall of last Pakistani wicket, but Sri Lanka s innings couldn t get underway as a heavy downpour washed out any play on the final session.
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Sri Lanka consolidate despite senseless batting
Saturday, 27 June 2015 - 9:59 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka borrowed a leaf out of Pakistan s book and put up a disheartening display of careless batting, but half-centuries by opener Kaushal Silva and skipper Angelo Mathews helped them to pull things back at stumps on day two in the second Test at P. Sara Oval yesterday. With 1-0 down in the series, the hosts had a brilliant opportunity to bat Pakistan out of the second Test, especially with the tourists one bowler down, but the afternoon session saw two hours of madness in which the Sri Lankans completely lost the plot.
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Kaushal, Prasad give Sri Lanka advantage
Friday, 26 June 2015 - 9:45 AM SL Time

Tharindu Kaushal (L) celebrates his fifth wicket that of Yasir Shah during the opening day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on June 25. (AFP Photo / Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

by Rex Clementine

With a game down in the series, Sri Lanka couldn t have asked for a better start to the second Test as they bowled out Pakistan for a meager 138 before reaching 70 for one at stumps on day one at P. Sara Oval yesterday.
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Must-win Test for shell-shocked Sri Lanka
Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 10:28 AM SL Time

Four days removed from the shock defeat at the Galle International Stadium a ground traditionally associated with famous home wins hosts Sri Lanka will face a confident Pakistan in the true Test conditions of the P. Saravanamuttu Oval, when the second Test begins in Colombo on Thursday.

Sri Lanka will be forced into at least one change with spinner Dilruwan Perera, the team s chief wicket-taker in the first Test, ruled out with split webbing in his right hand that subsequently required nine stitches. They may be compelled to make another, with Dhammika Prasad, who took three wickets in the first Pakistani innings of the first Test, also remaining uncertain after being hit on the thumb during a practice session on Wednesday.
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Strange selection for Galle Test
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka were comprehensively thrashed in the first Test in Galle as Pakistan s varied bowling attack caused the home team lots of problems. Pakistan s bowling had variety, bite and venom despite their strike bowler Junaid Khan not firing on all cylinders.

Contrastingly Sri Lanka s bowling lacked penetration. After taking five early wickets, the Sri Lankans left the tourists off the hook as wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who had been a thorn in the Sri Lankans flesh in recent times continued to bother them. But as captain Angelo Mathews stated, the stand that hurt the home team most was the ninth wicket partnership of 101 runs between Asad Shafiq and Zulfiqar Babar.
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Mathews moans lack of first innings effort
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews could point out more than one thing for the ten wicket defeat to Pakistan in the first Test here in Galle on Sunday, but the poor show in the first innings where Sri Lanka managed only 300 runs seemed to be hurting him most.

In the Sri Lankan dressing room, a first innings total of 400 runs is considered a must, but in Galle the team came up with a below par performance and suffered a crushing defeat.
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Pakistan crush Sri Lanka by ten wickets Win first match on Sri Lankan soil after nine years
Monday, 22 June 2015 - 11:38 AM SL Time

Pakistani batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez leave the field after winning the opening Test at the Galle International Cricket Stadium yesterday. (AFP Photo/ Ishara S. Kodikara)

After one full day and a session were washed out by rain, Pakistan played exceptionally well to win the first Test against Sri Lanka by ten wickets here in Galle yesterday.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah recorded best bowling figures by a leg-spinner in Sri Lanka to help his side go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Shane Warne had taken seven for 94 against Pakistan in the neutral Test at P. Sara Oval in 2002 and Yasir improved on that performance finishing with seven for 76.
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Sri Lanka take five wickets after Kaushal hundred
Saturday, 20 June 2015 - 11:25 AM SL Time

A tedious day of Test here at the Galle International Stadium yesterday saw both Sri Lanka and Pakistan wrestling hard to take initiative and, in the end, the hosts were ahead. Sri Lanka posted 300 runs in their first innings and Pakistan were 118 for five with all their top batsmen, with the exception of Asad Shafiq, back in the pavilion.

Sri Lanka, however, will be aware of the importance of dismissing wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed early as he was a thorn in their flesh in the last series. In the two-match series last year, Sarfraz made 55 and 52 not out in Galle and 103 and 55 at SSC.
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Kaushal 80 steadies Sri Lanka
Friday, 19 June 2015 - 9:14 AM SL Time

Opener Kaushal Silva went on to make 80 after being dropped on six as Sri Lanka finished day two of the first Test against Pakistan on 178 for three here at the Galle International Cricket Stadium yesterday. Toss was delayed by almost two hours due to wet outfield yesterday and play ended 15 minutes before schedule with eight overs left due to bat light. The entire first day s play had been washed out by rain on Tuesday.
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Vidusha, Dulanjali, Asiri, Shehan establish new records Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletics Championships
Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 10:19 AM SL Time

National triple jump record holder Vidusha Lakshani and Asian Youth Championship medalist Yamani Dulanjali continued their record breaking streaks while Lyceum International School jumper Shehan Wisanperuma and Gateway sprinter Asiri Wijesekara sizzled in the boys category with new meet records as the Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletics Championships which commenced at Diyagama on Wednesday.

Lakshani, who was one of the three school goers to represent Sri Lanka at the last Asian Athletics Championships lived up to her billing when she lowered the meet record in the Under-20 girls triple jump with a distance of 13.05 metres.
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Peterite tennis conquers all, win All-island U-17 title
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 9:43 AM SL Time

St. Peter s College, Colombo tennis players, fresh from their triumphant win in the Under-15 age group, went on to win the All-island Under-17 Tennis Championship that concluded on Monday, June 15, at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) courts at Greenpath, Colombo.

Starting the tournament and being pitted against defending champions Ananda College and the star-studded S. Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia, Peterites, who lacked big names in their ranks, were quietly confident about their abilities.
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Air Force Open Badminton Championship 2015
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 - 10:14 AM SL Time

Niluka Karunarathne and Achini Rathnasiri emerged singles champions in the men s and women s categories respectively at the first ever Air Force Open Badminton Championship concluded at the Sri Lanka Air Force Health Management Centre, Thummulla on Sunday.

Some 300 players took part in the tournament, held from June 10 and the winners took home cash awards amounting to a total of Rs.400,000.

The Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Chairperson of the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit Roshani Gunatilleke, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala, members from the Air Force Board of Management, the Chairman SLAF Badminton, Group Captain R. Senanayaka, Commanding Officer SLAF Station Colombo, Air Commodore Prasanna Payoe and Senior Officers of the SLAF also attended the event.
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