New players in Sri Lanka squad for Zimbabwe series-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Nuwan Thushara-Janith Liyanage-Jeffrey Vandersay Source:Dailynews The selectors already have selected a few new players to the National squad for the forthcoming Zimbabwe three ODI series which is scheduled to commence on January 16 at Pallekele. According to reliable sources the 18 member cricket squad has been named and subject to approval after the fitness test. The two players Janith Liyanage and Nuwan Thushara who have performed well during the recently concluded LPL tournament are in the squad while Kamil Mishara and paceman Kalana Perera, both had been named for the LPL but didn’t get a chance to play in the tournament, are among the 18-member squad. The 26-year-old top-order right-hander from Ragama CC Janith was adjudged player of the tournament at the last domestic premier limited over tournament was named the Best Emerging Player of the LPL tournament by ...

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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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Mendis six-70 makes Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd Test uniformly poised – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka)   Sri Lanka 204 and 46 for 2 (Nissanka 21*) trail West Indies 253 (Brathwaite 72, Blackwood 44, Mendis 6-70) by 3 runs    On the first full, rain uninterrupted day’s play of the Test, Sri Lanka and West Indies set up what promises to be a Galle classic. At stumps, the hosts in their second innings trail by three runs with eight wickets in hand, on a pitch that has yielded 21 wickets over the past two days – though the last two days will have the Dimuth Karunaratne’s side kicking themselves, both being entirely preventable run outs, himself and Oshada Fernando  The first came as a consequence of an exceptional directly hit from Kyle Mayers to dismiss the captain himself, while the second was rather more self-inflicted, with Oshada Fernando hesitating in the ...

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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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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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Dickwella, Gunathilake and Mendis given a pardon, permitted to play in domestic cricket- Lanka Premier League to commence on 5th December  By sunil Thenabadu (sports editor-eLanka) Banned Sri Lanka cricketers  for misconduct for breaking the Bio-Bubble while touring England with SL team Niroshan Dickwella, Dhanushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis in June this year have got a reprieve  before their one year ban period expired have been granted permission to play in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) that will have top players both overseas and local in action when it begins on December 5 in Sri Lanka.  The three players were banned from both international and domestic cricket and fined Rs.10 million each at a time they were also involved in a pay dispute with Sri Lanka Cricket.  The squads:  Jaffna Kings: Faf du Plessis, Thisara Perera, Wahab Riaz, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Chaturanga de Silva, ...

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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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Sri Lanka players sign national contracts till end of 2021 Sri Lanka players had previously refused to sign national contracts, citing ‘lack of transparency’ Source:Island Angelo Mathews isn’t among the 18 cricketers who signed the men’s national contracts, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced. It further said that the contract offered this time had no “deviation” from the earlier contract which was rejected by the players alleging lack of transparency. SLC had revealed a five-point grading system back in May, bringing down the number of contracts from 32 to only 24. As differences continued over the nature of the contracts offered, the players signed “tour contracts” for their series against England and India as a makeshift arrangement. ...

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Sri Lanka axes old guard and brings in new faces to ODI tour party-BY ALTHAF NAWAZ Shiran Fernando-Binura Fernando Source:Sundayobserver Sri Lankan cricket selectors have axed the old guard and brought in new faces to the ODI set-up along with some of the experienced campaigners with a firm message to all that there will not be room for anyone to go by names and past laurels while recalling batsman Kusal Mendis who had been grappling with disciplinary issues and form. The new-look squad’s first assignment will be a three-match series against Bangladesh on May 23, 25 and 28 away. ...

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