SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS – By Victor Melder (JUNE 2022)   The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to win the first T20 played at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Scores:    Sri Lanka – 128 in 19.3 Overs (Asalanka 38, Nissanka 36, Gunathilaka 26, Hazlewood 4/16, Starc 3/26, Richardson 1/22 Australia – 134 in 14 Overs (Warner 70no, Finch 61no) Player of the Match: Josh Hazlewood (Australia) The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets to win the second T20 played at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Scores Sri Lanka – 124/9 in 20 Overs (Asalanka 39, K.Mendis 36, K. Richardson 4/30, J. Richardson 3/26, Maxwell 2/18) Australia –  126/7 in 17.5 Overs (Wade 26no, Finch 24, Warner 21, de Silva 4/33, Thushara 1/18, Chameera 1/31) Player of the Match: Matthew Wade (Australia) Sri Lanka have been fined 40 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a ...

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Great if they all did come down and wear yellow: Finch Source:Dailymirror The Australian captain welcomed the prospect of fans wearing yellow to support Australia today. The fifth ODI of the ongoing Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka will be played at the R Premdasa Stadium this afternoon. With the hosts already claiming an unassailable 3-1 lead in a five-match series, the last white-ball match of the series will primarily be a dead-rubber. Having last won a bilateral ODI series against Australia at home in 1992, the current lot of Sri Lankan players dominating the Aussies couldn’t have come at a better time for them. Sri Lanka, who are playing under a new head coach in Chris Silverwood, have provided early impressions of thriving under the former England head coach. With Dasun Shanaka also emerging as an astute leader, the island nation would want to build on this start after having ...

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We have to protect players from injury and focus on T20 World Cup, says Prof. Arjuna de Silva-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Prof. Arjuna de Silva Source:Dailynews Sri Lankan champion leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga didn’t play the third ODI against Australia yesterday at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The team Management is still looking at how he is recovering from the injury said Sri Lanka Cricket Medical Committee Chairman Prof. Arjuna de Silva yesterday. Hasaranga did not play the second ODI against Australia at Pallekele and underwent an MRI scan. Hasaranga was diagnosed with a groin muscle strain during the first ODI at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and his MRI report showed the extent of his injury. ...

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The Cliff-hanger Match at Khettarama: Reflections …. the Day After-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis The fourth ODI held at Khettarama on the June, as we know, was magnificent match …and a cliff-hanger. With the benefit of a night’s sleep, I can venture on a more considered commentary. Cricket is a great leveller is it not!! The skipper Dasun Shanaka had jolted the world with a heroic innings of the Maxwell variety in the second ODI at Palleakele. But, here, at Khettarama in the 4th ODI, he proved to be a lemon: running between the wickets like a novice …. with the first run taken in a dawdling manner, he was run-out at a crucial time. ...

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Another Pulsating ODI Win by Sri Lanka ….Just!-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Where Sri Lanka’s pulsating win on Sunday 20th June seemed on the cards as the game moved on towards a climax with Sri Lanka’s batsmen in command, the match on the same grounds at Khettarama in Colombo on Tuesday the 22nd was a nailbiter in the last over. The unlikely near-hero for Australia was their last-minute spinning stand-in Matthew Kuhnemann. Facing the last over with the enormous target of 19 runs to snatch a win, he manufactured an assault on Dasun Shanaka’s bowling which left him with a target of six runs to secure a tie in the sixth ball of the over. He went for it ; but skied …. and every Sri Lankan breathed a sigh of relief as Asalanka caught it. ...

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Shanaka blinder denies Australia a clean sweep Source:Dailymirror Sri Lanka pulled off one of the great T20I run chases, to beat Australia by 4 wickets today, at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Dasun Shanaka led from the front with a scintillating half-century. Chasing 177 for a consolation win after being outplayed in the first two matches, Sri Lanka were in the doldrums at 108-6 in the 16th over of their innings in Kandy. Shanaka then exploded with the bat to put the pressure back on Australia with Sri Lanka needing 19 runs off the last over from Kane Richardson, who buckled under the pressure. Richardson began the over with two wides and Shanaka hit him for back-to-back boundaries and followed it with a six to level the scores. ...

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Aussie cricketers arrive today for full series against SL -By Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:dailynews.lk Australia cricket team led by Aaron Finch will arrive in Sri Lanka today for a full cricket series (T20, ODI and test) and this is going to be very important for both sides to get more exposure before world T 20 tournament and also the two tests in Galle which are part of the ICC test championship. According to a senior official of the Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) after six years time Australians the T20 champions and top test team of the world is always a challenge for the Sri Lanka team while next T20 world cup will be held next October- November in Australia and this is going to be a real test for Sri Lanka cricket team  Dimuth Karunaratne and Dasun Shanaka will lead the Sri Lanka Test team and White ball team (ODI and ...

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What Sri Lanka must learn from their India thrashing – By Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne: eLanka Sports Editor)   The old adage about catches winning matches couldn’t be better exemplified than by the butter-fingered Sri Lankan cricket team, who squandered at least a consolation win in Game 2 and were whitewashed by India. Dropped catches, sloppy fielding and questionable placement cost them the second game that would have been there for the taking with a smarter strategy. Fresh from a trouncing in Australia, the young Sri Lanka squad received a baptism of fire as they had to hurriedly readjust to Subcontinental conditions in a tight schedule that could be classified as unfair. The experience of handling bouncy wickets in Australia, which makes it difficult for the best batsmen in the world, definitely did not get better as the young Lankans took on the might of another lethal bowling attack in world ...

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India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to win series 3-0 Source:Dailymirror India beat Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I of the series to complete a whitewash over the visitors. Rohit Sharma had won the toss and opted to bowl in the final match of the series.  Skipper Dasun Shanaka smashed an unbeaten 74 to steer Sri Lanka to 146 for five after a top-order wobble against India. Avesh Khan took two wickets for 23 runs in his quota of four overs. Mohammed Siraj, Ravi Bishnoi and Harshal Patel scalped one wicket each.  ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS(FEBRUARY 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder       Former Sri Lanka Test Captain Suranga Lakmal has informed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that he will retire from all forms of International Cricket following the completion of the upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of India 2022, the SLC said today. “I’m indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring back my mother land honour as it has been absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development,” said Lakmal in his retirement letter submitted to Sri Lanka Cricket. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other supportive staff,’’ Lakmal has said further. Suranga Lakmal played for Sri Lanka across all international formats, making valuable contributions to ...

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