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  • As it happened: 4th ODI, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka January 20, 2015

    (For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page) Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat in the the 4th ODI as Kyle Mills returned to the New Zealand squad after coming through his comeback match for Auckland from a groin injury with flying colours. Playing...
  • Sri Lanka bans top judge from conference over coup claim January 19, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's attorney general barred the country's chief justice from attending a regional conference on Monday after allegations he tried to help the former president retain power illegally. Chief Justice Mohan Peiris is under growing pressure to stand down after he was implicated in an alleged coup attempt by...
  • Kane Williamson ruled out as NZ-SL gear up for fourth ODI January 19, 2015

    New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka in Nelson on Tuesday. Williamson suffered a shoulder injury in the second Test win over Sri Lanka a fortnight ago and has not played a part in any of the first three one-day...
  • Muttiah Muralidaran: 1996 was Sri Lanka's cricketing awakening January 19, 2015

    That tournament and its meaning is a line in the sand for the sport in our country. Before 1996 cricket was amateur. It was popular, but not a uniting force by any means. But when we won in Lahore in 1996 that all changed. The success reached out to the...
  • Indian spy's role alleged in Sri Lankan president's election defeat: Report January 18, 2015

    New Delhi/Colombo: Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India's spy agency in the run-up to this month's presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa. An Indian foreign ministry spokesman denied any expulsion and said that transfers were routine decisions....
  • Sri Lanka police seeks Attorney General's advice in coup probe January 17, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankan police has sought the Attorney General's advice as part of its probe into the alleged coup attempt by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close aides following his shocking defeat in the presidential polls. The preliminary investigation of the alleged coup was started on complaint of foreign...
  • Rain washes out third New Zealand-Sri Lanka ODI January 17, 2015

    Persistent rain washed out the third one-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday after less than 30 overs of the hosts' innings. New Zealand had been well-placed at 145 for 3 in the 29th over of the game that had already been reduced...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI January 17, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (c), Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c),...
  • Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara signs for Surrey January 16, 2015

    London: Sri Lanka batting great Kumar Sangakkara is to join Surrey, the English county announced on Friday. Sangakkara is currently ranked as the world's number one Test batsman and is one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the five-day game with 12,203 runs to his credit. The 37-year-old...
  • Rajapaksa steps down, hands over party leadership to Sirisena January 16, 2015

    Colombo: Days after his shocking electoral defeat, embattled former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday handed over Sri Lanka Freedom Party's reins to the country's new leader Maithripala Sirisena, saying he does not want to see his party divided. "I dislike seeing my party divided," 69-year-old Rajapaksa who ruled the Island nation...
  • Former president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa to step down as party boss January 15, 2015

    Colombo: Beleaguered former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to hand over Sri Lanka Freedom Party's reins to the country's new leader Maithripala Sirisena, bowing to the demand of party members after his shock election defeat. Sirisena was the general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) but was expelled...
  • 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka ride on Dilshan ton to level series in New Zealand January 15, 2015

    Hamilton: Tillakaratne Dilshan made a flawless 116 to lead Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket win over New Zealand on Thursday, leveling the seven-match one-day series at 1-1. Chasing New Zealand's 248, Sri Lanka reached the target with 14 balls to spare thanks chiefly to Dilshan's 17th one-day century. Earlier, New Zealand...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI January 15, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Preview: Kane Williamson's absence for possibly the next three matches against Sri Lanka could be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand, with the batting order given the opportunity to fine tune plans for the World Cup. Test opener Tom Latham...
  • Pope gives Sri Lanka first saint before half a million crowd January 14, 2015

    Colombo: Pope Francis gave Sri Lanka its first saint at a waterfront Mass for more half a million people in Colombo on Wednesday, calling 17th century missionary Joseph Vaz a model of reconciliation after the country's recent civil war. The pope, who on Tuesday was tired after starting his trip under...
  • New Zealand's Grant Elliot doubtful for second ODI against Sri Lanka January 14, 2015

    Hamilton: New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott is in doubt for the second One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka on Thursday. The allrounder was absent from training at the Seddon Park on Wednesday, reportedly dealing with a family health matter. A New Zealand cricket spokesman said Elliott could play, but that would not...
  • 2nd ODI: Williamson's absence could be a blessing in disguise for NZ January 14, 2015

    Kane Williamson's absence for possibly the next three matches against Sri Lanka could be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand, with the batting order given the opportunity to fine tune plans for the World Cup. Test opener Tom Latham will bat in Williamson's place at number three in the second...
  • Looking forward to a cordial relationship with Sri Lanka: India January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Monday said it was looking forward to warm, cordial and friendly relationship with the new Sri Lankan government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and hoped that his dispensation will take along all sections of the population and ensure their welfare. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin...
  • Sri Lanka's tainted Chief Justice advised Rajapaksa to stage coup to stay in power January 12, 2015

    Colombo: In almost all democracies, the Chief Justice of that country tries to save the Constitution and democracy, when it is challenged or threatened by the rulers of that nation. But, in Sri Lanka, the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka was advising the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa to cling to...
  • A new era for Sri Lanka as government vows end to repression January 12, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's new government promised a tolerant new era of religious harmony and political freedom for the Indian Ocean island nation after years of mounting repression under the decade-old regime defeated in an election on Friday. In an address to the nation on Sunday, President Maithripala Sirisena vowed to put...
  • Kane Williamson to miss New Zealand's 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka January 12, 2015

    Wellington: Batsman Kane Williamson will miss New Zealand's second one-day cricket international against Sri Lanka on Thursday while recovering from a shoulder injury. Williamson aggravated the injury while fielding during New Zealand's three-wicket win in the first match of a seven-match ODI series in Christchurch on Sunday. Coach Mike Hesson said the...
  • Sri Lanka will benefit from playing in New Zealand in WC: Jeevan Mendis January 11, 2015

    Christchurch: Sri Lanka all-rounder Jeevan Mendis believes that the lessons learnt from the opening game defeat against New Zealand here Sunday will help them in their World Cup game against the same opponent Feb 14. Sri Lanka lost the first One-day International (ODI) by three wickets against the hosts after posting...
  • World Cup still a long way ahead: Daniel Vettori January 11, 2015

    Christchurch: Veteran New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori has set short goals for himself, focusing on the ongoing series against Sri Lanka which will be followed by Pakistan, and insists on keeping World Cup discussions at bay. New Zealand, co-hosts along with Australia for the Feb 14-March 29 World Cup, play seven...
  • 1st ODI: Jayawardene's ton in vain as New Zealand win by 3 wickets January 11, 2015

    Christchurch: Brendon McCullum lashed a half-century from 19 balls, matching his national record, to spur New Zealand to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Sunday in the series-opening one-day international. Opening the batting, McCullum gave New Zealand a blazing start as they chased Sri Lanka's 218 for 9, hitting three...
  • Sri Lankan President Sirisena to visit India on his first foreign trip January 11, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India on his maiden foreign trip next month even as he ordered the release of all Indian fishermen in custody here as a goodwill gesture on the first day in office. "Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi asked the President to visit India and wanted...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI January 11, 2015

    (For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page) New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin fine-tuning their World Cup preparations in Christchurch with the first of seven one-day internationals. The first game will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup opener to be played between the...
  • Sri Lanka government to prosecute LTTE leader wanted in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi January 11, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's new government will prosecute a top LTTE leader who is wanted in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The present government which took office only two days ago has claimed that the decision was taken even before they came to power. Kumaran Pathmanathan, who is better...
  • David Cameron asks new Sri Lanka president to aid UN rights probe January 10, 2015

    London: British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked Sri Lankan President-elect Maithripala Sirisena to facilitate the UN investigation into human rights abuses in the country. In his congratulatory message released by Downing Street, Cameron expressed hope that the issues of the past will be addressed. In his statement, he said,...
  • 1st ODI: New Zealand, Sri Lanka start World Cup countdown January 10, 2015

    New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin fine-tuning their World Cup preparations in Christchurch on Sunday with the first of seven one-day internationals. The first game will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup opener to be played between the same two teams on the same ground on February...
  • Sri Lankan poll results: A new chapter in Indo-Sri Lanka relations? January 9, 2015

    Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena in his place. ...
  • Maithripala Sirisena trounces Mahinda Rajapaksa, sworn in as Sri Lankan President January 9, 2015

    Colombo: In a stunning verdict, Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena in his place. Hours after the results were declared, 63-year-old Sirisena, who...