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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Rekindling memories of Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test – 40 years on-By Dion Schoorman Ranjan Madugalle top scored in the first innings with 65 runs and added 99 runs for the fifth wicket with Ranatunga as Sri Lanka recovered after a poor start. Source:Island Today, 17th February, is the 40th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test match and marked a special milestone in the history of Sri Lankan cricket. That game against England began at the Colombo Oval on 17th February 1982. On the day of the inaugural Test, the country came to a virtual standstill, with everyone being at the game, including the then-President J. R. Jayewardene, Senior Minister and Cricket Board President Gamini Dissanayake and almost the entire Cabinet (of course the cabinet was not nearly as big as the present day!). Cricket administrators from around the world and former Sri Lankan ‘greats’ were all assembled in the main ...

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SRI LANKA’s ICC CHIEF MATCH REFEREE OFFICIATES IN HIS 200th TEST today – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Photo source: daily news ( https://www.dailynews.lk/2019/04/03/sports/182036/race-most-popular-segments ) Double century for Ranjan Madugalle! Today’s test match between the West Indies and Sri Lanka marks the 200th match being officiated by Ranjan Madugalle as the match referee. He is followed by Chris Broad, who has officiated in 88 Test matches. Similar to Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800 test wicket record, it is unlikely that Ranjan Madugalle’s record would also be broken by anyone. Madugalle is expected to be felicitated by the ICC and Sri Lanka Cricket during the match. ...

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Match officials announced for ICC T20 WC Ranjan Madugalle (third from right) and Kumar Dharmasena (third from left) will officiate in the opening match Source:Dailynews The ICC yesterday announced the appointment of 16 umpires and four match referees for the Round 1 and Super 12 stages of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. The selection of a 20-strong group effectively means that, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be neutral umpires for all matches of the 16-team tournament, running from October 17 to November 14. The first match of the tournament, between Oman and Papua New Guinea on October 17 will be officiated by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena, alongside New Zealand’s Chris Gaffaney while Ranjan Madugalle will be the match referee. ...

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