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Proteas regain number one rank after SSC draw
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 11:40 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene (C) takes a catch to dismiss South African cricketer Francois du Plessis (L) during the final day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on July 28, 2014.
AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

There were terrific scenes at SSC yesterday as South Africa s tail-enders fought hard to earn a well-deserved draw in the second Test against Sri Lanka and that gave them their first series win on Sri Lankan soil in 21 years. South Africa came into the second Test with a 1-0 lead in the two match series having won the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs. Right from the start, they looked not interested to force a result and were quite happy with a draw as they scored just 1.8 runs an over in the entire Test Match.
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Weather threatens to spoil SL s excellent record
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:20 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka s efforts of winning the SSC Test and squaring the two match series against South Africa could be spoilt by bad weather, as 21 overs were not bowled yesterday, the penultimate day of the game due to bad light and rain. Sri Lanka had set South Africa a stiff target of 369 in 128 overs and the tourists were 38 for one, when play was stopped 45 minutes before schedule on Sunday.

A draw here is sufficient for South Africa to win their first series on Sri Lankan soil in 21 years. South Africa won the first Test in Galle by 153 runs.
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Silky Jayawardene puts Sri Lanka on top
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:49 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene (R) jokes with South African cricketer Dale Steyn (L) during the opening day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground yesterday. Pic by Lakurwan Wanniarachchi.

Sri Lanka can still hope to maintain their unbeaten run against South Africa at home in the last two decades thanks to former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who posted an error free unbeaten century on day one of the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club ground yesterday. After the Proteas wrapped up the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs, they require only a draw to win their first series in Sri Lanka since 1993.
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Thirimanne, Chandimal dropped Cheating South Africans under a cloud after ball tampering fiasco
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 11:01 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan cricketer Niroshan Dickwella walks to the field during a practice session at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on July 23, 2014.
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

Sri Lanka have dropped Dinesh Chandimal and vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne for the deciding second and final Test Match against South Africa that gets underway at the SSC today. While former Trinity wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been called up from England, where Sri Lanka A are on tour, to take Chandimal s position, Thirimanne will be replaced by Kithruwan Vithanage. The third change from the side that lost the first Test in Galle is injured seamer Shaminda Eranga, whose place will be taken by either Dhammika Prasad or Ajantha Mendis.
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Magnificent opening ceremony on the cards
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 10:54 AM SL Time

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will commence today at the beautiful Celtic Park in the heart of Glasgow with more than 4,000 sports men and women lining up for the opening ceremony.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage will also be among the guests from around the world, including members of the British Royal Family. The opening ceremony will feature cultural performances which will underline the Commonwealth Games values which are humanity, equality and destiny. Also there will be events which which reflect the value of preserving nature and unity while world renowned artists will add glamour to the ceremony which starts at 8.00 p.m. Glasgow time (12.30am next day Sri Lanka time).
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Commonwealth Games are just around the corner
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 12:09 PM SL Time

The garden-like city in the northern part of the United Kingdom will be the place to be when the 20th Commonwealth Games starts. Scotland hosts the Games after a lapse of 28 long years, having the honour of hosting this multi sports extravaganza in 1986 in Edinburgh and this is the third occasion that the Commonwealth Games is being held on Scottish soil. The iconic queen`s baton which was passed on to nearly 4000 people, covering a world-wide journey including Sri Lanka, entered Glasgow on Saturday and it was a signal to both athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner...
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Steyn stars in big South African win
Monday, 21 July 2014 - 10:49 AM SL Time

Dale Steyn picked up four wickets on a spinner s pitch, Sri Lanka Vs South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day, July 20, 2014.

Rex Clementine

Reporting from Galle

South Africa tasted their first Test win in Sri Lanka after 14 years, as they beat the hosts by 153 runs, here at the Galle International Stadium in the first Test Match on Sunday.

Shaun Pollock was the last South African captain to win a Test match in Sri Lanka and it was a special day for Hashim Amla as he achieved the milestone in his first ever Test match as skipper.
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Steyn fire flattens Sri Lanka
Saturday, 19 July 2014 - 12:10 PM SL Time

Dale Steyn (R) celebrates after he dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne (L) during the third day of the opening Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

Rex Clementine

reporting from Galle

Over the years, fast bowlers haven t had much compliments about the Galle pitch, but the lionhearted Dale Steyn proved yesterday why he is world s most dreaded fast bowler claiming the best figures by an overseas fast bowler here as the Proteas took a crucial first innings lead of 172 runs with two days remaining.
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Duminy unbeaten century the highlight
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 10:52 AM SL Time

An unhurried unbeaten century (100) from left hander Jean-Paul Duminy which had responsibility and concentration written all over it helped South Africa to a massive 455 for 9 declared.

In the 12 over remaining Sri Lanka had made 30 for no wickets still needing another 226 runs to avoid the humiliation of following on at the of the second day`s play in the First Test at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, here today.

Openers Kaushal Silva 8 and Upul Tharanga 20 were peppered with some short pitched bowling by Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Mornie Morkel. But it was a waste of energy because they were not life threatening or wicket taking ones.
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Lankan bowlers restrict SA to 268 for 5
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 10:07 AM SL Time

After a stylishly carved out century from left hander Dean Elgar (103) who was involved in a stand of 125 for the second wicket with Faf du Plessis (80), the Lankan bowlers did well to restrict South Africa to 268 for 5 on day one of the First of Two Tests at the Galle International Cricket Stadium here, today. South Africa batting first on a good surface was going well on 195 for one with Elgar and Du Plessis at the wickets and looked set to make a formidable first day score when the Lankan bowlers struck back.As bowling coach Chaminda Vaas reiterated at the close of play media briefing it was a good wicket to bat on and complimented the bowlers for bowling in the right areas to restrict the visitors. Vaas also gave good reasons for Mathews not bowling more overs.
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Tharanga set to return after seven years
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka s Upul Tharanga waits to bat during a practice session at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 15. Sri Lanka and South Africa play a two-Test series starting in Galle from today.

(AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI)

Left-handed opening batsman Upul Tharanga is set to make a return to Test cricket in today s first Test against Proteas at the Galle International Cricket Stadium. The 29-year-old hasn t featured in a Test Match since 2007, but will get another opportunity when he will partner Kaushal Silva to open the Sri Lanka innings in the Test starting today.
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Amla set for historic Test
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 - 11:04 AM SL Time

Hashim Amla will make history on Wednesday when he takes the field as South Africa s first permanent non-white skipper, helming a team in transition after the retirements of Test greats Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.

Amla, a devout Muslim, was named captain last month after Smith retired from international cricket, signalling the end of an era which saw him lead out the Proteas a record-breaking 109 times over ten years.
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FIFA World Cup: Germany are Champions of the World
Monday, 14 July 2014 - 11:57 AM SL Time

Germany have emerged as the Champions of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014, after a hard fought 120 minute battle with Argentina at the Maracana.

Borussia Dortmund player, Mario Gotze, became the hero for the Germans with a superb finish via an assist by Chelsea s Andre Sch rrle in the 113th minute.

The two substitutes combined to devastating effect for Germany. Schurrle made inroads down the left hand side, and lofted in a neat cross towards the near post. Gotze took it excellently on his chest and with time and space to move, stabbed it into the back of the net.
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Sri Lanka look to maintain impressive record
Sunday, 13 July 2014 - 12:29 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka will go all out to maintain this year s impressive record when they face South Africa in the series deciding third and final ODI at Hambantota today.

After the defeat in Colombo, the hosts bounced back to level the series 1-1 with a 87-run victory at Pallekele and will want to win the series to maintain the impressive record in 2014.

However, analysts consider South Africa to have a slight edge at Hambantota as the venue produces more bounce and pace.
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