Windies floored by Sri Lanka at Harare-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Image Source:Thuppahis The once mighty West Indian cricket squad have been in the doldrums for some time and were at the bottom of the table going into their final match in the competition among the second tier teams being held in ZIMBABWE for placement in the 50-over World Cup — with only two teams securing such coveted spots. The Windies faced the leading squad, namely, Sri Lanka, in this match. Sri Lanka were already ensconced at the top of the table and had little discomfort in beating the Windies — even though they rested two key players (Dhananjaya and Hasaranga). Maheesh Theekshana led the way with three early wickets to restrict the West Indians to 243 runs in their 50 overs. Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne then indulged in an opening stand of 190 runs to build the foundation for ...

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Two New Cricket Captains for Sri Lanka-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Item in The Island, 31 December 2023 ….. with highlighting imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi Dasun Shanaka’s reign as Sri Lanka’s white-ball captain has come to an end as Sri Lanka’s new selection committee appointed Kusal Mendis and Wanindu Hasaranga to lead the ODI and T20I sides, respectively. With Dimuth Karunaratne currently leading the Test side, this is the first time Sri Lanka have three different captains in the three formats. Shanaka first captained Sri Lanka in 2019, on the team’s first tour to Pakistan since the 2009 Lahore attack, but it was not until 2021 that he became their regular captain. Under him, Sri Lanka won 23 out of 41 ODIs and 22 out of 48 T20Is. The highlight of his tenure was the 2022 T20 Asia Cup victory in the UAE where Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the final. Also notable were ODI series wins against South ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (OCTOBER  2023) Compiled by Victor Melder   Bangladesh best Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the ICC World Cup Warm-Up Match, played at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati. Scores: Sri Lanka – 263 in 49.1 Overs (Nissanka 68, de Silva 55, Perera 34, Hasan 3/36) Bangladesh – 264/3 in 42 Overs (Hasan 84, Miraz 67no, Das 61, Rahim 35no, Kumara 1/30 Sri Lanka Skipper Dasun Shanaka will not take part in today’s warm-up game against Afghanistan, as the all-rounder is recovering from a ‘strain’ he experienced on his left elbow following the earlier game against Bangladesh. Shanaka is under medical treatment and is in the process of recovery. Meanwhile, Kusal Janith Perera, who experienced pain on his ‘right shoulder’, during Sri Lanka’s warm-up game against Bangladesh, is currently under medical treatment and is in the process of recovery. In addition, Maheesh Theekshana, who did not travel with ...

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Sri Lanka’s Prospects in Cricket World Cup-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Madushka Balasuriya in ESPNcricinfo, 6 October 2023:  “Injured Theekshana to miss SL’s opener against South Africa” Head coach Chris Silverwood backs Sri Lanka’s rookie bowlers in the absence of seniors. Sri Lanka will be without Maheesh Theekshana for their World Cup opener against South Africa, head coach Chris Silverwood has confirmed on the eve of the game, with the spinner not yet fully recovered from the hamstring tear he suffered in the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka, however, will have the services of both Kusal Perera and Dasun Shanaka. Chris Silverwood, the coach “Theekshana is still recovering from a hamstring injury, so he won’t be available for this game,” Silverwood said. “But we expect him to be available very soon. The rest of them are fine.” KANDY, SRI LANKA – AUGUST 31: Maheesh Theekshana of Sri Lanka (L) and Matheesha Pathirana of Sri Lanka celebrates taking the wicket of Mustafizur ...

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SRI LANKA WITHOUT MAHEESH THEEKSHANA FOR SOUTH AFRICA MATCH – by Sunil Thenabadu Source : info-rain Sri Lanka’s cricket team faces a significant challenge as Maheesh Theekshana will miss Sri Lanka’s first world cup match against South Africa as he is not yet fully recovered. “Maheesh Theekshana is not available for the South Africa game, but Kusal Janith and Dasun Shanaka is fully fit” Sri Lanka Coach Chris Silverwood told reporters. ...

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Kusal Janith fit for World Cup Source:Dailynews The shoulder injury sustained by Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera during last Friday’s World Cup warm up match against Bangladesh is not serious and he will be fit to play the matches said Sri Lanka team Manager Mahinda Halangoda. Kusal Janith had retired hurt after scoring 34 runs from 24 balls after suffering from pain on his right shoulder. While the injury is considered not serious, the Sri Lanka Team management sent Kusal Janith Perera for a scan on Saturday. The team management expects he will recover in time for the first World Cup match on October 7. ...

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ICC World Cup squads announced Source:Dailynews The ten countries have finalised their squads for the ICC Cricket World Cup on Thursday (28). The matches will commence from October 5. India team led by Rohit Sharma will be looking to become the fourth consecutive host nation to win the tournament, a run which began when they lifted the trophy themselves in 2011. Defending champions England, welcome back Ben Stokes, who has come out of ODI retirement as his side look to retain the trophy, while Kane Williamson will be hoping to win his fitness battle having been named to lead 2019 runners-up New Zealand. Last edition’s runner-ups, New Zealand will meet England in the opening game at Ahmedabad on October 5 and the final will be played at the same venue on November 19. Each team will play nine group stage matches before the semi-finals and all teams are expected to ...

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Hasaranga ruled out of World Cup – By  Rex Clementine Wanindu Hasaranga has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Source : island Sri Lanka suffered a major blow before leaving for the ICC Cricket World Cup in India later this week when star leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old was sidelined from the Asia Cup after suffering a hamstring injury during the Lanka Premier League but was expected to be fit for the World Cup. However, he aggravated the injury during rehabilitation and now medical experts will determine whether the former Richmond College cricketer needs surgery. Hasaranga has a grade III hamstring tear.Hasaranga had been named in the World Cup squad but now he’s most likely to be replaced by Dushan Hemantha, the leg-spinning all-rounder. There was no place for fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera either in the World Cup ...

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Sadeera, Matheesha and Asalanka star in big win-by Rex Clementine at Pallekele Matheesha Pathirana finished with four wickets as Sri Lanka bowled out Bangladesh for 164 at Pallekele yesterday. Source:Island There were doubts about how Sri Lanka’s depleted bowling attack will go about things in the Asia Cup, but the backup bowlers came up with a splendid performance in their opening encounter yesterday at Pallekele helping Sri Lanka to a seven wicket win over Bangladesh. Hometown boy Matheesha Pathirana was sensational finishing with four wickets providing early breakthroughs and then coming back for a last spell to destroy the tail as Bangladesh were bowled out for 164 runs with five overs to spare. Sadeera Samarawickrama then smashed a half-century to help Sri Lanka to a comfortable win with 11 overs to spare. He was joined by Charith Asalanka, who posted an unbeaten 62. ...

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Sri Lanka Squad – Asia Cup 2023 Dasun Shanaka (c) Pathum Nissanaka Dimuth Karunaratne Kusal Janith Perera Kusal Mendis (VC) Charith Asalanka Dhananjaya de Silva Sadeera Samarawickrama Maheesh Theekshana Dunith Wellalage Matheesha Pathirana Kasun Rajitha Dushan Hemantha Binura Fernando Pramod Madushan. ...

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