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  • Thank you all for your support, says emotional Jayawardene August 18, 2014

    Colombo: An emotional Mahela Jayawardene ended his glittering, 17year Test career on a high Monday as Sri Lanka won the second and final Test against Pakistan by 105 runs to sweep the series 20. The 37yearold was hoisted onto his teammates' shoulders for a lap of honour after the tourists, who...
  • Mahela Jayawardene impact will be felt for years August 18, 2014

    Mahela Jayawardene closed the curtain on an illustrious Test career on Monday, leaving a huge gap in the Sri Lanka batting order as well as the dressing room, which the island country will find difficult to bridge. The 37yearold righthander, one of cricket's most elegant batsmen, signed off from the longest...
  • 2nd Test: Perfect farewell for Mahela as SL sweep series against Pakistan August 18, 2014

    Colombo: Rangana Herath claimed 14 wickets for the match to help ensure former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene retires from Test cricket with a 20 series sweep of Pakistan in the first session of final day Monday. Sri Lanka won the second Test by 105 runs after Pakistan was out for...
  • 2nd Test, SL v Pak: as it happened August 18, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka within sight of victory in the second Test against Pakistan by taking four secondinnings wickets on Sunday. Chasing 271 to win the match and level the twomatch series, Pakistan were precariously placed at 127 for 7...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka close in on a win against Pakistan August 17, 2014

    Colombo: Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka within sight of victory in the second Test against Pakistan by taking four secondinnings wickets on Sunday. Chasing 271 to win the Test and level the twomatch series, Pakistan were precariously placed on 127 for 7 at stumps on the fourth day with their last...
  • No Indian fisherman in Lankan jails now August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: For the first time this year no Indian fisherman is in Sri Lankan jail, following the release of 94 fishermen on Saturday by the island nation. Officials said hundreds of Indian fishermen had been apprehended by Lanka Navy while fishing in their waters and with the release of...
  • Shahid Afridi says his feud with Waqar Younis a thing of the past August 17, 2014

    Pakistan's flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi left for Sri Lanka for the threematch ODI series by declaring that his feud with the national team's head coach Waqar Younis in 2011 was a thing of the past. "Yes there were problems between me and Waqar mainly due to ego issues but now everything...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 4 August 17, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day2 Roundup: Kumar Sangakkara scored a halfcentury and shared an unbroken 98run third wicket stand with Mahela Jayawardene to give Sri Lanka a strong 165run lead as the hosts reached reached 177 for 2 in their second innings at...
  • Sri Lanka lead Pakistan by 165 on Day 3 of 2nd Test August 16, 2014

    Colombo: Kumar Sangakkara scored a halfcentury and shared an unbroken 98run third wicket stand with Mahela Jayawardene to give Sri Lanka a strong 165run lead against Pakistan in the second Test. Sri Lanka reached 177 for 2 in their second innings at stumps on day three Saturday after Rangana Herath earlier...
  • Junaid goes for scan after being hit by Prasad bouncer August 16, 2014

    Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan went for a precautionary checkup after being hit on the head while batting by a delivery from Sri Lanka paceman Dhammika Prasad during the third day of the second Test on Saturday. "Junaid was feeling dizzy after he came to the dressing room and we have...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 3 August 16, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 roundup: Rangana Herath again put Pakistan in a spin with a fivewicket haul but halfcenturies from Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad guided the tourists to 244 for six at the close of the second day of the second...
  • 2nd Test: Pakistan dig in despite Herath's fivewicket haul on Day 2 August 15, 2014

    Rangana Herath again put Pakistan in a spin with a fivewicket haul but halfcenturies from Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad guided the tourists to 244 for six at the close of the second day of the second Test on Friday. Pakistan trail Sri Lanka, who lead the twoTest series 10, by...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 2 August 15, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1: Pakistan seam bowlers Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz shared seven wickets as Pakistan came back strong on the opening day of the second Test on Thursday, holding Sri Lanka to 261 for 8 at stumps. Khan returned with best...
  • 2nd Test: Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz put Pakistan in control on Day 1 August 14, 2014

    Colombo: Pacers Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz shared seven wickets as Pakistan came back strong on the opening day of the second Test on Thursday, holding Sri Lanka to 261/8 at stumps. Khan returned with best figures of 4/69 and Riaz supported him well with 3/66. Riaz dismissed opener Upul Tharanga eight...
  • 'Ram Sethu' will not be broken for Sethusamudram project: Centre August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central government will not "break" the 'Ram Sethu' for the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project and will make efforts to see that the navigation system is put in place without damaging it, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Lok Sabha on Thursday. Gadkari said during Question Hour that...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to end Test career among greats August 14, 2014

    Colombo: At age 37 and with hundreds of innings behind him, Mahela Jayawardene tried something new in his nexttolast Test match a move typical of his innovative attitude when it involves pursuing victories for Sri Lanka. He opened the innings for the first time in a Test match ...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 1 August 14, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat in Mahela Jayawardene's farewell Test. Teams: Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Chanaka Welegedara Pakistan:...
  • Iqbal Qasim urges Pakistan to boost spin reserves August 14, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's former spin great Iqbal Qasim on Wednesday urged the country's cricket chiefs to groom more young slow bowlers after Saeed Ajmal was reported for suspect action. The umpires and match referee voiced concerns over a number of the 36yearold offspinner's deliveries during Pakistan's sevenwicket loss to Sri Lanka at...
  • Captain Misbah backs Ajmal to come clean on suspect action August 13, 2014

    Pakistan are not worried about Saeed Ajmal's reporting for a suspect bowling action and are confident that the ace offspinner will be cleared, captain MisbahulHaq said. Match officials reported Ajmal to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a suspect bowling action following the first Test defeat by Sri Lanka in Galle...
  • 2nd Test: Emotional Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Jayawardene August 13, 2014

    Sri Lanka are determined to send former captain Mahela Jayawardene into retirement with a victory in the second and final Test starting Thursday against a fragile Pakistan and a 20 series sweep. Captain Angelo Mathews said emotions were running high in the home team's dressing room before the match at Jayawardene's...
  • Mahela Jayawardene a rare brand of cricketer, says Angelo Mathews August 13, 2014

    Cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene come around very rarely and younger players in the team have a lot to learn from his fighting attitude, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said on the eve of the veteran batsman's last Test match. The second Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday will be an emotional...
  • Retirement decision was not easy, says Jayawardene August 12, 2014

    Colombo: Test cricket will bid farewell to one of its most elegant strokemakers when Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene quits the longer format after the second Test against Pakistan, starting in Colombo on Thursday. Few cricketers have exemplified the spirit of the game better than the gentlemanly 37yearold, even though his pleasant...
  • Pakistan defeat doesn't augur well for Misbah's captaincy: Rashid Latif August 12, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan players on Monday criticised the national team's capitulation in the first Test against Sri Lanka, blaming defensive batting on the final day for the sevenwicket defeat. A trademark second innings collapse on Sunday meant Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry 180 in Galle after the match...
  • Uncapped fast bowler Binura Fernando named in Sri Lanka squad August 11, 2014

    Uncapped fast bowler Binura Fernando and lefthand opener Dimuth Karunaratne were included in Sri Lanka's 15man squad for the second Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday. The 19yearold Fernando, who is a leftarm fastmedium bowler, has been called up after performing well for Sri Lanka under 19 sides. Karunaratne, a regular Test...
  • Shoaib Akhtar criticises Pakistan after Test defeat August 11, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar has said that the players in the present national team need to show more heart and courage if they are to bounce back against Sri Lanka in the ongoing series. Akhtar was critical of the team's performance in the first Test which Pakistan lost...
  • Saeed Ajmal reported for suspected illegal bowling action August 11, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during his side's sevenwicket loss in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium on Sunday. The offspinner must undergo testing within 21 days, an ICC media release said Monday. The match officials' report, which...
  • Former Pakistan cricketers angry at team's performance August 10, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's batting capitulation on the final day of the first Test against Sri Lanka has left many former players angry and redfaced. Batting legend and former captain, Hanif Muhammad had said at close on the fourth day that only a miracle could lead to a result in the Test...
  • 1st Test: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets to take 10 lead August 10, 2014

    Galle: Rangana Herath grabbed 6 for 48 as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets on a remarkable last day of the first Test on Sunday. The leftarm spinner turned the game on its head when Pakistan, who trailed by 82 after the first innings, was bowled out for 180....
  • Mushtaq defends Ajmal, Rehman after poor show in first Test August 10, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's spin bowling coach, Mushtaq Ahmed has defended the performance of spinners, Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman in the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Mushtaq, who has worked as spin bowling consultant with the England team before joining the Pakistan team, said Pakistan was playing a Test...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Day 5 August 10, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 4 Roundup: Kumar Sangakkara smashed his 10th double century against reckless Pakistan as Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 533 for 9 for an overall lead of 82 runs on the fourth day of the first Test on...