Arthur glorifies Dhananjaya and ‘Brian Lara’ like Embuldeniya  – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Mickey Arthur was quite emotive and touchy after his final game as Head Coach of Sri Lanka on Friday in Galle winning comprehensively the test and series..  His was the sort of jovial parting that few Sri Lanka coaches had not received. The team won the match by 164 runs, and the series 2-0. In the first innings, West Indies had been 24 runs behind Sri Lanka’s total with only three wickets down, when Ramesh Mendis inflicted himself on the game, and triggered a collapse.  “The game was itself was having fluctuating after a rock-solid start the Sri Lanka batsmen  collapsed dramatically to be all out for a meagre 203. After day one I thought we were in prime position (Sri Lanka had been 113 for 1),” Arthur said. “And then they knocked us over ...

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Stage set for Lanka Premier League 2021 edition Source:Dailymirror Despite glaring omissions at the player draft and last-minute franchise ownership changes, the Lanka Premier League (LPL), Sri Lanka’s franchise T20 league, returns this Sunday – the second edition in the five-year partnership between Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the LPL rights holders and tournament organisers ‘Innovation Production Group (IPG).    Last year’s title-winning Jaffna franchise will take on the Galle Gladiators – a rematch of the 2021 final – in the first of 20 group stage matches, leading up to the title-decider on December 23. The first round matches will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, before the teams move to Hambantota for the knockout phase, all in front of a limited number of spectators.    If  you had an affinity and allegiance to one of the franchises last season, there’s a good chance that the team ...

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West Indies crumble to spin duo Mendis, Embuldeniya to give SL 2-0 series ..The series win was a triumph for head coach Mickey Arthur on his farewell series – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Chief Scores  Sri Lanka 204 (Nissanka 73, Permaul 5-35) and 345 for 9 declared (Dhananjaya 155*, Permaul 3-106) beat West Indies 253 (Brathwaite 72, Mendis 6-70) and 132 (Bonner 44, Embuldeniya 5-35, Mendis 5-66) by 164 runs  Ramesh Mendis hit early in the day to eliminate Kraigg Brathwaite, claimed three wickets in a solitary over during the middle session, then ended his second five wicket haul of the match, while Lasith Embuldeniya also took five at the other end. Between the two finger-spinners, they dismissed West Indies for 132 runs  minutes before the tea interval. Sri Lanka’s winning convincingly by164.runs Having now whitewashed them having offered some resistance before and after lunch with the last 8 wickets ...

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Dhananjaya de Silva 153*- Unbroken partnership of 107 for 9th wicket with Embuldeniya aches Windies, positioned SL in a dominating spot – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Chief Scores:  Sri Lanka 328 for 8 (Dhananjaya 153*, Embuldeniya 25*, Permaul 3-100, Chase 2-82) and 204 lead West Indies 253 by 279 runs    Dhananjaya de Silva came to the crease with Sri Lanka only 23 runs ahead, with three wickets down, and their most skilled batsman bruised an unable to play typically. By the time play ended on day four, Sri Lanka were 279 runs ahead, with two wickets still in hand, in steady command.  De Silva, in supreme ability for much of this knock, was 153 not out off 259 balls by stumps, added 78 with opener Pathum Nissanka to salvage Sri Lanka from instant threat,also added 51 with Ramesh Mendis during a second session in which West Indies’ spinners made a four-wicket charge, but it was with No. ...

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Lasith Embuldeniya 5- 46  aids Sri Lanka beat threatening rain and West Indies – By Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Photo source: daily news ( https://www.dailynews.lk/2021/11/25/sports/265652/sl-vs-wi-test-match-sri-lanka-wins-187-runs ) Chief Scores   Sri Lanka 386 (Karunaratne 147, Chase 5-83) and 191 for 4 dec (Karunaratne 83, Mathews 69*) beat West Indies 230 (Jayawickrama 4-40) and 160 (Bonner 68*, Embuldeniya 5-46) by 187 runs  Nkrumah Bonner scoffed Sri Lanka for 173 balls on day five, Joshua Da Silva joined him for a 100-run, (44.4-over stand) , but even though the sky was swaying with drab clouds, rain did not come until minutes after Sri Lanka took the last wicket to seal victory in Galle.  Having swept through West Indies’ top order on the fourth evening, Sri Lanka’s spinners were made to sweat on day five, bowling 48.3 overs for the last four wickets. Offspinner Ramesh Mendis had begun the day with four wickets to his name,but could not add ...

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West Indies  collapse to 52 for 6 unplayable against young spin trio  in pursuit of 348 – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) Chief Scores:Sri Lanka 191 for 4 dec (Karunaratne 83, Mathews 69*, Warrican 2-42, Cornwall 2-60) and 386 lead West Indies 230 and 52 for 6 (Mendis 4-17, Embuldeniya 2-18) by 296 runs  Eleven wickets – seven  to the visitors – fell on the fourth day of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies as the hosts crept nearer towards victory. Sri Lanka’s spinners Ramesh Mendis,Lasith Embuldeniya more or less ran through the West Indies rigid batting line-up to leave them staggering at 52 for 6 at stumps. They need a further 296 runs to win with just four wickets in hand.  Much like in the first innings, it was the wise off spin of Mendis that did much of the destruction, as he was responsible for four ...

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Sri Lanka dominate day 2 as spin trio Lasith, Mendis, Praveen  run through West Indies top order – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Stumps  DAY 2: West Indies 113 for 6 (Brathwaite 41, Mendis 3-23, Jayawickrama 2-25) trail Sri Lanka 386 (Karunaratne 147, Dhananjaya 61, Nissanka 56, Chandimal 45, Chase 5-83, Warrican 3-87, Gabriel 2-69) by 273 runs                                                                   West Indies drove them back into the game in the first two sessions on day 2 taking Sri Lanka’s last seven wickets for just 105 runs But after a confident opening stand  they gave up all the position they had achieved in the evening session losing six wickets for  just 54 runs.  Basically, what this implies, is that regardless of Roston Chase’s five-wicket ...

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Sri Lanka vs West Indies – 1st Test – Nov 2021 – Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva frustrate West Indies – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka)   Chief Scores :Sri Lanka 267 for 3 (Karunaratne 132*, de Silva 56*, Nisaanka 56 Chase 2/42 ) Dimuth Karunaratne kneeled down in the tricky first session, scored more confidently in the afternoon, and then pressed home Sri Lanka’s advantage in the evening, to go to stumps at 132 off 265 balls in his first Test since May. Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya De Silva made contrasting fifties, to help their captain saved the day with big stands. On a surface that is expected to dry out and take turn by day three, Sri Lanka’s 267 for 3 represents a substantial advantage for the hosts. West Indies will lament for a number of close and missed chances, none greater than the dropped ...

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Dimuth to lead Sri Lanka in Test Series against West Indies – Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) Opener Dimuth Karunaratne  sans any surprise has been preserved as the captain to lead Sri Lanka for the two-test series against West Indies which is scheduled to begin from November 21 at the Galle Cricket Stadium.Both Tests are scheduled to be played at The Galle International Cricket Stadium  The national selectors who are strongly contemplating on young talent have elected newcomers in dashing batsmen Charith Asalanka, Kamil Mishara, and leg spinner Suminda Lakshan and seamer Chamika Gunesekara based on their domestic performance to reinforce the team which was not performing well in the recent past. The other highlight of this squad is that there are ten specialised batsmen, two all-rounders and four spin bowlers while six fast bowlers are drafted in to keep the options wide open for selection.  The batting department is spearheaded ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (OCTOBER 2021) Compiled by Victor Melder Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Lakshan Sandakan and Ashen Bandara have been added to Sri Lanka’s original squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup – announced mid-September. Lahiru Madhushanka, who was named in the original squad will not travel with the team as he is recovering from an injury. Reserve-keeper Minod Bhanuka and the two batsmen – Ramesh Mendis and Pathum Nissanka – were part of Sri Lanka’s recent home series defeat to South Africa in August. They came away with underwhelming performances and were omitted from the initial squad. Ashen Bandara last played a month before at home in the series win against India, while Lakshan Sandakan’s previous outing for the national side came in July in England. Neither made a big enough mark to be considered initially, but Sri Lanka have now added to their squad, which ...

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