Mahela Jayawardena appointed as ‘Consultant Coach’ Source:Dailynews.lk Former Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been appointed as the ‘Consultant Coach’ for the National Teams, effective 1st January 2022, announced the Sri Lanka Cricket. Jayawardena, in his new role, which is effective for a period of one year, will be in charge of the overall cricketing element of the national teams and will provide invaluable strategic support for the players and management teams at the High-Performance Center. ‘’We are extremely happy that Mahela is joining the National Team for an extended role, especially given the context that Sri Lanka has a heavy international calendar during the year 2022,’’ said Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket. “Mahela’s contributions during the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup became invaluable for the overall performances of our team in the concluded event,’ De Silva, further added. Despite the new appointment, ...

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West Indies batsmen stable after spin duo Permaul, Warrican ran through formidable Sri Lanka batting line up been 113 for 1 wicket O/V – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Photo Source:newsday.co.tt   Chief Scores”   West Indies 69 for 1 (Blackwood 44, Brathwaite 22*, Bonner 1*, Jayawickrama 1-11) trail Sri Lanka 204 (Nissanka 73, Karunaratne 42, Permaul 5-35, Warrican 4-50) by 135 runs    Rain permitted for barely half a day’s play on the second day of the second and final Test in Galle, but West Indies took big steps in the direction of squaring the series in that short time. Following a morning session that produced nine Sri Lankan wickets for just 91 runs, West Indies came up with a solid batting display after lunch, bringing the disparity to 135 runs for the loss of only Jermaine Blackwood’s wicket before the rain came. Kraig Brathwaite was unbeaten on 22 off 77 ...

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Dimuth on the verge of several batting milestones – by Sunil Thenabadu Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne will equal the World Record for most consecutive fifties in Test match cricket if he scores a half-century in the first innings of the second Test against West Indies in Galle starting Monday.   Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has hit a purple stripe this year and the 147 he scored against West Indies in the first Test in Galle this week was his fourth hundred in 2021. The 33-year-old came up with an similarly solid 83 in the second innings as Sri Lanka won by 187 runs with  a session to spare.  His feats have seen him accruing 854 runs this year in Test cricket at an average of 77. Only Joe Root and Rohit Sharma have scored more runs in 2021 although they have played more games with the England captain participating ...

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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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West Indies avert follow-on  to be 224/9 Rain interrupts play after 4th over after lunch – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) West Indies 224 for 9 (Mayers 45, Brathwaite 41,holder 36,Cornwell 39 Jayawickrama 3-38, Ramesh 3-75) trail Sri Lanka 386 by 162 runs  Rain washed out the final session the entirety of the second session barring- only four overs completed after lunch before the trained ground staff was called into action – West Indies ended the third day on 224 for 9, still 162 runs behind Sri Lanka’s first-innings total. Play will begin 15 minutes earlier on the fourth and fifth days to cover for the lost time.  The rain proved a blessing in disguise the acquittal for the visitors on a day that had otherwise begun rather encouragingly, with Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers taking the attack to the home side. After the stand  ended,, with Rahkeem Cornwall being dismissed  for a ...

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Sri Lanka will be a force to be reckoned with next year – Darren Sammy – Sunil Thenabadu (Sports Editor – eLanka) Photo source: (Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/apr/02/west-indies-respect-world-twenty20-final-england ) Darren Sammy of the West Indies is one of cricket’s most loved guys.His captaincy strategies are very high more than most captains .To his country is a legend having captained for two T 20 world cups, in year 2012 winning team at RPS against Sri Lanka and in year 2016 when they were runners in Calcutta against England.But he has only one five wicket hauls and not a single fifty scored. At this years T 20 world cup tournament Darren Sammy was a member of the commentary team had this to utter to a group of Sri Lankan journalists: “I will never forget that World Cup final against hosts Sri Lanka at the RPS in front of a noisy Sri Lankan cricket fraternity ...

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SL Women’s cricket team to leave to Zimbabwe on Monday for ICC Women’s WC Qualifiers – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) Photo Source: Sri Lanka Cricket ( https://srilankacricket.lk/2021/10/sri-lanka-squad-for-the-womens-world-cup-qualifier-2021/ ) Sri Lanka Women’s team is scheduled to leave to Zimbabwe on Monday the 15th to take part in ICC Women’s qualifiers in Harare beginning November 21st to December 5th  2021 Sri Lanka is grouped with”  Netherlands, Ireland,West Indies ,Papua New Guinea in Group A while the Group B comprises of Bangladesh,Pakistan,Thailand,USA and hosts Zimbabwe.The top three team in each group will qualify for the ICC Women’s WC 2022 to be held in New Zealand from March 4th to April 3rd.It is learnt that the 17 member Sri Lankan squad were confined to bio-bubble from the November 3rd at the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel until their departure on the 15th Monday  ...

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Sri Lanka and West Indies need to play in qualifying round at ICC T 20 WC 2022 in Australia – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka)   The Eighth edition of the ICC T20 WC  2022will be held in Australia but surprisingly both West Indies and Sri Lanka will both have to play an supplementary qualifying round in order to be included  to  the super 12’s  Many will ponder when reaching the news that Sri Lanka and West Indies having won two and one match in the ongoing Super 12 ICC T20 tournament have to play in qualifying matches as in this edition to be in the Super 12’s.This is as in ICC world T 20 rankings both Sri Lanka and West Indies are having low ICC T 20 rankings. Bangladesh and Afghanistan however are assured of direct entry.  Cricket fanatics would contemplate why another ICC T20 WC is held ...

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