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Inspired by Murali, Aussies take on Lankans
Monday, 25 July 2016 - 9:02 AM SL Time

Pallekele, AFP: Australia will be looking to local legend and one-time bogeyman Muttiah Muralitharan to inspire them to success on his home patch as the world s number one Test team begin a three-match series in Sri Lanka this week.

Steve Smith s side will be desperate to reverse a poor recent away record against teams from the sub-continent when play begins in Pallekele on Tuesday, as India breathe down their necks in the race for Test supremacy.
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Kohli puts India in charge with 12th Test century
Saturday, 23 July 2016 - 10:00 AM SL Time

Virat Kohli stroked a commanding 12th Test century to put India in control at 302 for four when stumps were drawn on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies on Thursday.

Having chosen to bat first on winning the toss, the Indian captain led the way with a thoroughly authoritative innings of 143 not out, decorated with 16 fours that has so far occupied just over four hours off 197 deliveries.

He put on 105 for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, the opening batsman missing out on a three-figure innings of his own when he fell lbw for 84 sweeping at Devendra Bishoo on the stroke of the tea interval.
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Saints Quadrangular into 49th year
Friday, 22 July 2016 - 10:04 AM SL Time

The four premier catholic schools in Sri Lanka St. Joseph s College, St. Peter s College, St. Benedict s College and St. Anthony s College will resume their rivalry once again in the 49th Saints Quadrangular. The old boys of these prestigious education institutes will compete in cricket, basketball and rugby. This year St. Joseph s are organising the event.

In 1963, St. Benedict s extended an open invitation to all the schools for a cricket tournament to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee in 1963. But coincidentally only the above mentioned three catholic schools responded to their invitation. Thus the Saints Cricket Tournament was born. Former Antonian Ranjith Samarasekara, a pioneer member of the inaugural Organising Committee, convinced the OBU of the four schools subsequent to the inaugural event to make this an annual event.
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India heavy favourites against Windies
Thursday, 21 July 2016 - 10:13 AM SL Time

West Indies and India commence a four-Test series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday with the visitors heavily favoured to extend a 14-year unbeaten run against the hosts.

Such is the gap in performance between the two teams that anything less than a 3-0 triumph by the Indians will see them lose rating points in their quest to close the gap on Australia at the top of the official international Test rankings.
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Opportunity for Sri Lanka to earn valuable points
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 9:48 AM SL Time

Top-ranked Australia will have to complete a comprehensive win in their upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka not to lose crucial points in the ICC Test Team Rankings.

Australia go head to head with Sri Lanka at Pallekele from 26 July in a three-Test series. Steve Smith s side lead seventh ranked Sri Lanka by 33 points, and because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference Australia s failure to win their series convincingly will mean they will drop points.
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Indonesia drub Sri Lanka in Davis Cup
Monday, 18 July 2016 - 9:57 AM SL Time

Indonesia beat Sri Lanka 5-0 hampering all hopes of the Lankans to remain another year in Group-II Davis Cup meaning the sixth year in a row in the 2016 Relegation Play-off between the two countries in Gelora Manahan Tennis Stadium Complex, Surakarta, Indonesia on Sunday, July 17.

Sri Lanka as a result will be demoted to Group-III in 2017 in the four-group Asia-Oceania Zone in this BNP Paribas sponsored world cup men s international tennis.
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S. Thomas and Royal qualify for semis
Friday, 15 July 2016 - 10:13 AM SL Time

S. Thomas College, Mount Lavina and Royal College, Colombo qualified for the semi-finals of the All Island Under-19 A Division Basketball tournament when they won their respective quarter-final fixtures at Henry Pediris Stadium, Colombo on Wednesday.

S. Thomas overcame Lyceum International School, Wattala in convincing style, but the first quarter of the game was hardly an indication that this was going to be a cakewalk for the Thomians. At the conclusion of the first quarter, S. Thomas led 22-20 and it was in the second quarter that the Thomians stamped their authority going into half-time 47-31 with a clear 16-point lead.
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Isipathana outclass Royal to lift President s Trophy
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 10:21 AM SL Time

Isipathana College beat Royal College 47 (6-goals, 1-try)- 12 (1-goal, 1-try) as they emerged champions of President s Trophy knockout rugby tournament at Race Course International Rugby Stadium yesterday.

Royal started off brightly threatening to score with their forwards playing really well. In fact they had a golden opportunity in the seventh minute when full back Mahima Gamage was free down the left wing just four or five meters away from the try line, but centre Janidu Dilshan failed to offload the ball as he was double tackled by Isipathana preventing a virtual Royal try.
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Sandaruwan creates history,disappointment for Olympic hopefuls
Monday, 11 July 2016 - 10:33 AM SL Time

Pole vaulter Ishara Sandaruwan created history by becoming the first Sri Lankan to clear the five metre barrier in his pet event on the final day of the 94th National Athletic Championships as the three-day event concluded with none of the top contenders reaching qualifying standards for the Rio Olympics at Diyagama on Sunday.

The Sri Lanka Athletics Association was expecting at least four athletes, who were closer to the Olympic qualifying standards, to attempt the difficult entry standards at the three day meet, though it remained a huge ask due to the pathetic condition of the track.
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Athletics Nationals hampered by absence of electronic timing
Saturday, 9 July 2016 - 1:34 PM SL Time

Lack of interest of country s sports authorities and the athletic establishment to upgrade existing sports facilities was laid bare at the top competition of the country s premier Olympic sport as the 94th National Athletics Championships got off to a bizarre start without wind gauges and electronic timing at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium at Diyagama on Friday.

The crucial three-day competition, which is also the final qualifying opportunity for those aspiring to earn entry standards for the Rio Olympic Games, had to be conducted without electronic timing equipment as officials failed to fix a long-existing problem in the electronic system at Diyagama in time. It forced technical officials to rely on hand timing. Electronic timing had been used since early 1990s at National Championships according to technical officials and it is the first time in decades that the top meet is conducted without that facility.
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Sanath calls for more commitment to fitness
Friday, 8 July 2016 - 11:22 AM SL Time

Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya wants more commitment on fitness by players if they are to stay free from injuries. Jayasuriya addressing media after arriving in Sri Lanka following a disastrous tour to England said he has had discussions with the board in this regard. The visitors lost the Test series 2-0, the one-day international series 3-0 and also the only T20. The closest they have come to a win was in the opening ODI at Trent Bridge where a last ball six secured a dramatic tie. Hampered by injuries, their bowling unit--which was once described as the best in the trade by none other than Jayasuriya--had cut a sorry figure at the hands of Englishmen and was a major reason for team s disappointing performance. Adding to this was a spate of injuries to the country s frontline bowlers, particularly Dhammika Prasad (shoulder) and Dushmantha Chameera (lower back stress fracture). Skipper Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal also played through hamstring injuries while the misfiring top order bat Lahiri Thirimanne was sent back home with a lower back strain. My concern is this is happening for a long time. I have been talking about this with SLC officials. Of course, you need commitment from the players. I am telling this in front of the players, said Jayasuriya. They have to come out of their comfort zone and play. There will be a lot of cricket, of course, and if one cannot keep up with the pressure they should say they can t play. If not, they need to train hard, He said the board, the selectors, cricket committee and the high performance manager should sit down and work out a plan to keep the players fit. We can make plans. If the players are not committed we cannot sort this out. I am not saying they are not committed, but they need to do something different, the former dashing opener said. Mohan de Silva, Secretary Sri Lanka Cricket, said that they, too, were concerned over the fitness level of players and believed a quick fix is needed to sort this out. No sooner we got elected, we appointed an expert panel of doctors to review injuries of players and also we brought down a high performance manager in Simon Willis to help the process. According to Willis, the amount of pre-training put in by players wasn t sufficient. This may be one of the reason. But we need a fix to this issue and we need commitment from the players in improving their own fitness, he added. Meanwhile, Angelo Mathews said despite a disastrous tour, he sees light at the end of the tunnel, particularly in batting. The batting showed a glimpse of hope, particularly that of Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Janith Perera who returned to international cricket after being cleared of a doping offence. Mathews believes that if they can fix their woes in bowling and fielding they could pose a real challenge to the Australians in the forthcoming tour. It was a tough challenge for us. After the disastrous first two tests we should show some improvement individually in patches. I am really pleased the way Mendis took the challenge, the way he faced James Anderson and Stuard Broad was impressive. Chandimal and Danushka also played well which I think are the positives we can take going forward, the skipper said. He also thanked the board, media and fans for supporting them through the tough time. I was expecting a lot of criticisms on our return but everyone has been very supportive. Thank you, the captain said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Buttler on the rampage as England win T20
Thursday, 7 July 2016 - 9:18 AM SL Time

Jos Buttler boosted his hopes of a Test recall for the Pakistan series as his stunning 73 not out helped England win the T20 international against Sri Lanka in Southampton on Tuesday.

Buttler gave the tourists attack the runaround with four sixes and three fours in a 49-ball innings which was his highest ever T20 score, and saw England cruise home by eight wickets with 15 balls to spare.

Eoin Morgan also played a leading role with an unbeaten 47, the England captain shrugging off an earlier dislocated finger after Sri Lanka had been dismissed for 140 off their 20 overs.
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It s not going to be just Royal vs Isipatana
Wednesday, 6 July 2016 - 10:30 AM SL Time

Isipatana College and Royal College will go head to head once again this season when they battle it out for the President s Trophy this weekend. Isipatana may have won the league fixture quite comfortably, but over the years these two teams have produced some cracking encounters.

However, this Saturday it would not just be Isipatana versus Royal, this match will bring out a real contest between two of the best rugby tacticians in the island.

Royal coach Sanath Martis and Isipatana coach Nilfer Ibrahim are considered as two very fine coaches in Sri Lanka schools rugby arena and they have proved it over the years with their success at the highest level of schools rugby in the country.
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Sri Lanka hope to end tour on a high
Tuesday, 5 July 2016 - 11:52 AM SL Time

England return to the format that provided heartbreak earlier this year when Carlos Brathwaite grabbed the World T20 from under their noses. But the game moves on and judging by the way they played in the one-day series against Sri Lanka, their belief with the white-ball remains undimmed. Sri Lanka s two month long tour of England ends today with a T-20 International at Rose Bowl.

A one-off T20 at the end of a tour feels a lonely fixture but there is added spice to this game with England on the verge of unleashing Tymal Mills, the Sussex left-arm quick, who is purely a T20 player these days due to a congenital back condition and is making a fine stab and forging a career from it.
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