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National team flies to New Zealand
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 10:04 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka cricketers in meditation as Buddhist monks chant prayers for their success prior to the team s departure for a tour in New Zealand. Sri Lanka will play two Tests and seven one-day internationals in New Zealand before the World Cup. AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

The national cricket team took wings to New Zealand yesterday. They will play two Tests and seven ODIs against the Kiwis and will remain in New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup after the bilateral series which ends on January 29.
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Cook is `uncertain` on World Cup role
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:54 AM SL Time

Alastair Cook says he has to `wait and see` if he is to remain as England`s one-day captain, and that he can have `no complaints` if he is stood down.

Sri Lanka completed a 5-2 series win over England on Tuesday, the fourth one-day series loss in a row under Cook`s leadership.

`I haven`t scored the runs I`d like to have - and we haven`t won the number of games I`d like to have,` said Cook, 29.

`Whether the selectors still think I`m the right man, we`ll wait and see.`
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Sri Lanka wins the ODI series against England 5-2
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 9:32 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka won the final One-Day International (ODI) of the seven-match series against England by 87 runs today at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Sri Lanka, which has clinched the series 4-2, going into the dead rubber posted an imposing total of 302 for six in 50 overs and bowled out the visitors for 215 in the 46th over.

Today`s match was the swansong at home for the legendary pair of batsmen, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, who announced that they will retire from one-day format after the 2015 World Cup which will begin on February 14 in New Zealand.
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Mahela and Sanga set for grand farewell
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 9:59 AM SL Time

Sri Lankans will give former captains Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara a grand send off in today s seventh and final One-Day International against England at R. Premadasa Stadium. Today s game will be Jayawardene s last on home soil while fans will no longer see star batsman Kumar Sangakkara in coloured cloths.

Tickets for today s game were going fast with just a few hundred available last night. With Sri Lanka having already won the series and this being a week day, there shouldn t have been much interest against a misfiring England side, but not many fans want to miss out on an opportunity to say goodbye to two of the greats of Sri Lankan cricket.
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Sanga fined
Monday, 15 December 2014 - 11:02 AM SL Time

Star batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the sixth One-Day International against England in Pallekele on Saturday.

Sangakkara was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to `Showing dissent at an Umpire s decision during an International Match.`

The incident happened at the beginning of the 34th over in Sri Lanka s innings when Sangakkara got involved in a prolonged discussion with on-field umpire Bruce Oxenford, disputing the umpire s decision to not allow Sri Lanka to take the batting Powerplay at that time.
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LANKANS MUST BELIEVE AND PLAY TO FORM
Saturday, 13 December 2014 - 10:25 AM SL Time

With Sri Lanka leading the seven match one-day international series 3-2 against England, the sixth game tomorrow which is a day game at the Pallekele Stadium will be chockfull of interest.

England has regained confidence after the triumph on Thursday and if they can give continuity to that winning streak can take the series to the wire. A huge home town crowd is expected to farewell Kumar Sangakkara who will be playing his final game in Kandy.

But it is still ADVANTAGE Sri Lanka. Leading the series, and as Captain Courageous Angelo Mathews said, they will come out firing all cylinders to crush the Brit Lions and win the series and not wait for the final game on Tuesday.
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England stay alive with five wicket win
Friday, 12 December 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time

England cricketer Joe Root plays a shot during the fifth One-day International between Sri Lanka and England at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on December 11. (AFP Photo / Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

Joe Root scored an unbeaten century and James Taylor notched an inspired 68 as England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the fifth one-day international in Kandy on Thursday.
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Sri Lanka make 239 in 49 overs
Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 10:29 AM SL Time

After Sri Lanka recovered from 59 for 3 to post a score of 239 in 49 overs, the rains that were threatening came down in buckets and England could not begin their chase.

With the rains continuing and with no further play possible, the umpires decided to put the match on hold and continue this 5th one-day international at the Pallekele Stadium, today from 2.30 p.m.

Again Kumar Sangakkara entertained his home supporters with another scintillating knock of 91 before playing another reckless shot and being caught at long on.
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Mathews looking to win and pocket series
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 10:34 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka who hit back strongly with a six wicket victory over England on Sunday at the R.Premadasa Stadium to take a three-one lead in the seven match one-day series, will come out gritting their teeth to devour the tourists in the day/night game at Pallekele and wrap up the series today.

It was gloomy in Pallekele on Monday, but at the time of writing the sun is out with indications that it would not be an overs reduced game and thankfully that the dreaded twins Duckworth and Lewis will not have to don pads.
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SLC names 30 member SL cricket pool for WC 2015
Tuesday, 9 December 2014 - 10:33 AM SL Time

The National Selectors at a Selection Committee meeting held has nominated the following players for the 30 pool of the ICC WC 2015.

It is a pity that talented batsman Chamara Kapugedera has not found a place in the 30.

Angelo Mathews (Captain), T M Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimana, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardana, Kusal Janith, Upul Tharanga, Dimuthu Karunarathna, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjana, Kithruwan Withanage, Niroshan Dickwela, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Seekuge Prasanna, Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, P H D Kaushal, Jeevan Mendis, Ramith Rambukwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga, Thisara Perera, F.Maharoof, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan*
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Sangakkara stars in SL win over England
Monday, 8 December 2014 - 9:19 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara runs between the wickets during the fourth One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on December 7, 2014. Pic by Ishara S.Kodikara.

Kumar Sangakkara hit 86 as Sri Lanka squeezed past England with six wickets and two balls to spare in the fourth one-day international Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series.
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Kumar Sangakkara Completes 13,000 ODI Runs
Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 10:26 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday became only the fourth batsman in history to surpass the 13,000-run mark in one-day internationals, achieving the feat in his 386th match.

The 37-year-old left-hander reached the landmark during the third match against England in Hambantota when he took a single off Chris Woakes to move to 13.

Sangakkara lies behind three retired batsmen in the all-time list led by Sachin Tendulkar of India, who made 18,426 runs in 463 ODI matches.
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Resurgence of tennis at Bishop s College
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 9:25 AM SL Time

At the recently concluded National Schools Tennis Tournament, Bishop s College, Colombo Captained by Dilmini de Silva emerged 2nd runners-up and achieved the same result at the subsequently held Inter-school Tennis Tournament for Under-19 age category as well

When looking at the juniors, Bishop s College emerged 4th out of 10 schools in the Red Ball category and 4th out of eight schools in the Orange Ball category at the Carlton Tennis 10s held at the SLTA recently.

Tennis has seen resurgence at Bishop s College after many years of not being at the forefront of the sport which the school used to dominate in the past. It has been further strengthened with a newly appointed coaching team headed by Thizaant Parimalarajah, Suminda Hewage and fitness coach D. P. C. Thushara.
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Kandy struggle to beat Sharks
Monday, 1 December 2014 - 9:52 AM SL Time

Kandy Sports Club led from the sixth minute onward to down the Hambanthota Sharks 34 points to 21 at the D A Rajapaksa stadium in Beliatta last evening. Kandy led 24 points to 15 at half time.

Lawanka Perera scored the first try six minutes in to the game and Arshad Jamaldeen converted to give Kandy the initial lead. Anuruddha Wilwara scored Kandy second try six minutes later but the conversion went astray and Kandy led twelve points to nil. Rajitha Samaranayake scored a try in the 15th minute and Udaya Kumara missed out on the conversion while Joseph Naegalagi scored off a penalty ten minutes later for the Sharks to reduce Kandy s lead to four points (8-12).
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