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Sri Lanka square series Thisara takes 3-19
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 9:52 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka spinners Rangana Herath (2-38) and Seekkuge Prasanna 2-36) were joined by medium pacie Thisara Perera (3 for 19 in just three overs), in what can be called a death overs outburst, to turn the match in their favour and carried hosts to a series-levelling victory by 77 runs yesterday. Chasing 311 to win, Pakistan were bowled out for 233 in 43.5 overs. In their run chase, Pakistan were once comfortably placed at 114 for one in their 19th over. The 3rd and final One-dayer is to be played in Dambulla on Saturday (30).
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Wicketless Nuwan strives to regain form
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 9:46 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s regular fast bowling member of ODI set up Nuwan Kulasekara is going through a rough path lately where he`s been wickless for six consecutive one day international matches from May.
Kulasekara who is famous for his economical overs has lost his magic too by leaking too many runs lately which lead selectors to drop him for the third ODI against South Africa last month. Kulasekara last took an ODI wicket back in 25th May against England at the second ODI where he claimed 3 for 15 helping to bowl out England for just 99 runs.
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SL national tennis champion is Pakistan s Heera Ashiq
Monday, 25 August 2014 - 10:35 AM SL Time

Heera Ashiq of Pakistan recorded a stunning victory at the 99th SL Tennis Nationals by defeating three-time champion Thangarajah Dineshkanthan at the SLTA yesterday. (Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi)

by Revata S. Silva

Pakistan s Heera Ashiq who travelled here all the way to play in the Sri Lanka Tennis Nationals, an over-a-century-old annual sport competition in the island, and toppled three-time champion and title defending Thangarajah Dineshkanthan in a four-set Men s Open Singles final at the SLTA hard courts in Colombo yesterday, August 24.
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Pakistan regroup as One-day battle begins
Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 10:07 AM SL Time

akistan and Sri Lanka begin a three-match one-day series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other s firepower and bench strength ahead of the World Cup just six months away.

The two former world champions have been drawn in different halves for one-day cricket s showpiece that is to be played in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.
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Pakistan s Heera upsets Sankha, enters Men s final SL Tennis Nationals 2014
Friday, 22 August 2014 - 11:22 AM SL Time

Pakistan s Heera Ashiq beat Sankha Atukorale to enter his first Sri Lanka Nationals Men s Singles final at the SLTA on Thursday. (Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi)

Can reigning National champion Thangarajah Dineshkanthan withhold having an all-Pakistan men s final this year at the Tennis Nationals? That was a looming question the sparse crowd at the SLTA, Colombo-7, which gathered amid heavy showers, seemed to have asked from themselves. Tanvir and Heera, the two Ashiq brothers from Pakistan looked to have made the unexpected, and of course, what could also be termed something that is unprecedented two foreign brothers in the National Men s Singles finals in this over a century old tournament. Heera beat former Davis Cup cap Sankha Atukorale to reach the finals and his elder bro was one set all against Dineshkanthan at one stage giving the current champion a fight for his money.
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SL Board President s XI beat Pakistan
Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 10:24 AM SL Time

Thisara Perera excelled with both bat and ball in SL Board President s XI win against touring Pakistan in their one-day tour match played at Moratuwa yesterday. (Files)

Sri Lanka Board President s XI beat touring Pakistan by 13 runs, under the D/L Method, yesterday in their warm-up one-dayer, played at the Tyron Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa.

After winning the toss, the middle-order batsmen of the home team, Ashan Priyanjan (65 in 65 balls), Kithruwan Vithanage (65 in 51 with 8 fours and a six) and Thisara Perera (52 n.o. in 45 with 3 fours and 3 sixes) helped them amass 325 for seven in their allotted 50 overs. Notably, Lahiru Thirimanne was out for naught. Tillakaratne Dilshan, opening, made 19 in 21 balls.
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Ave Atque Vale, Mahela Jayawardene
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 11:58 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa greets Mahela Jayawardene at the SSC grounds after Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in Jayawardene s farewell Test on Monday.

(Pic by Nalin Hewapathirana)

By Mahinda Wijesinghe

The Roman poet Catullus wrote the beautiful but melancholy poem Ave atque vale in paying his final tribute to the memory of his young brother. Loosely translated it means Hail, and farewell or I salute you and goodbye .
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Sangakkara scotches retirement fears
Monday, 18 August 2014 - 9:56 AM SL Time

It was just one raise of the blade. One turn, a smile, and a wave. But all across the country, its ripples were being felt. Kumar Sangakkara has become an increasingly reticent celebrator of his hundreds. At times he seems bored by his own success. A 200 in Galle brought little more than a fist pump.

But here he was, acknowledging applause after being cut down for a half-century. Already overdosing on emotion, the SSC crowd felt a further disturbance in the force. `Sangakkara, raising his bat for a 58? Err... does he know that score drags his average down?`
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Madugalle reaches 150-Test landmark
Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 10:02 AM SL Time

ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle became the first member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees to reach the 150-mark in Tests when he took the field to officiate in the fifth and final Test between England and India on Friday at The Oval.

The former Sri Lanka captain was a mainstay during his team s formative years in the Test arena. He represented Sri Lanka in 21 Tests and 63 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between 1979 and 1988, in which he scored 1,029 and 950 runs, respectively.
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Sri Lanka hand initiative to Pakistan in Mahela s farewell
Friday, 15 August 2014 - 10:30 AM SL Time

Wahab Riaz (C) celebrates with his teammate Azhar Ali (R) after he dismissed Kumar Sangakkara (L) during the opening day of the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 14, 2014.

Sri Lanka lost six wickets in the final session, three of them to the second new ball as they ended day one on 261 for eight in the second Test against Pakistan at SSC yesterday. The hosts were well placed at tea with 162 runs on the board for two wickets and another big score on a docile SSC wicket was expected, but Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan shared seven wickets between them to give the tourists the edge and possibly square the series which Sri Lanka lead 1-0 following their victory in Galle.
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My job is done
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 10:45 AM SL Time

Test cricket will bid farewell to one of its most elegant strokemakers when Sri Lanka`s Mahela Jayawardene quits the longer format after the second Test against Pakistan, starting in Colombo Thursday.


Few cricketers have exemplified the spirit of the game better than the gentlemanly 37-year-old, even though his pleasant demeanour hides nerves of steel, a calculating street-smart mind and an obsessive drive for perfection.
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Himasha, Priyadharshani sprint to 100m titles 92nd National Athletics Championships
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 10:05 AM SL Time

Kalutara Vidyalaya sprinter Himasha Eshan clocked 10.54 seconds to win the men s 100 metres after producing a faster (10.50 secs) performance in the semi-finals while N. C. D. Priyadharshani (women s 100 metres), Eranga Dulakshi (women s steeplechase) and Priyangika Madumanthi (women s high jump) hogged limelight in their respective events on the first day of the 92nd National Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.

Eshan beat Sri Lanka Army duo of Mohamed Ashraf (10.69 secs)and Mohamed Rajaskhan (10.69secs) to the second and third places respectively. Earlier, Eshan won a drama-filled semi-final in a time of 10.50 seconds. Former National champion Ambepitiya was disqualified for a foul start in that semi-final. Ambepitiya appealed against the disqualification.
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Chandi makes another hundred
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 10:21 AM SL Time

Dropped from the Test side after the first Test against South Africa last month, wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal has hit a purple patch in England where he is representing Sri Lanka A . Yesterday, the former Sri Lanka T-20 captain smashed the second century on tour against England A .

After being put into bat at New Road in Worcester, Sri Lanka A piled up 283 for six in their 50 overs. Chandimal, batting at number three, held Sri Lanka s innings together with an unbeaten 119 that came off 127 deliveries with nine four and two sixes.
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Sri Lanka beat rain to down Pakistan in first Test
Monday, 11 August 2014 - 9:58 AM SL Time

Angelo Mathews (R) and teammate Mahela Jayawardene (L) celebrate after Sri Lanka won the opening Test match against Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on August 10, 2014.

Retiring Mahela Jayawardene took on the unusual role of opening batsman to hand Sri Lanka a thrilling seven-wicket victory on the final day of the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Sunday.

The hosts, needing 99 to win in a minimum of 21 overs, beat fading light and approaching rain to cruise home in the 17th over in front of some 5,000 jubilant home fans.
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