SRI LANKA

  • Outrage in and out of Parliament over derogatory JayaModi article on Lankan website August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: There was high drama inside and outside Parliament on Monday over controversial pictures of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which appeared on a Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website last week. Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned following an uproar by AIADMK MPs. Parliamentary...
  • Uproar in Rajya Sabha over 'derogatory' article against Jayalalithaa August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday witnessed two adjournments during Question Hour as AIADMK members vociferously protested against a "derogatory" article against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sri Lankan government website. AIADMK members trooped into the Well shouting slogans, which made Chairman Hamid Ansari to observe that...
  • Sri Lanka Under15 cricket team leaves Chennai due to security reasons August 4, 2014

    Chennai: With antiSri Lanka sentiments running very high in Tamil Nadu, the Under15 cricket team with 16 members from the island country has been asked to leave Chennai due to security reasons. The team had reached Chennai on Sunday night from Colombo to take part in the JM Haroon Cricket tournament....
  • Chinese President Xi to visit India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka August 3, 2014

    Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the coming weeks and his programme is being coordinated with the governments of the three countries. While Chinese officials maintain that dates are being finalised, Pakistan daily Dawn on Sunday reported that Xi will be visiting the...
  • Will look for early wickets of Jayawardene, Sangakkara: Misbah August 2, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's Test and oneday captain, MisbahulHaq has said his teammates will have to take the wickets of the stalwarts like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara early if they want to win the upcoming twoTest series in Sri Lanka, commencing at Galle on August 6. Jayawardene, 37, has announced that he...
  • Sri Lanka apologises to PM Modi, Jaya over derogatory article on its defence site August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: After facing fierce opposition, the Sri Lankan government has been forced to withdraw the controversial pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from its defence website. The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry has tendered an unqualified apology to both PM Modi and Jaya...
  • 'Derogatory' article on Modi, Jaya on Lankan Defence website creates furore August 1, 2014

    Chennai: Bharatiya Janata Party allies MDMK and the PMK on Friday expressed strong disapproval of the manner in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa were portrayed on the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website's and sought strong action against the island nation. PMK founder S Ramadoss...
  • Sri Lanka drop Mendis, retain Dickwella for Pakistan series August 1, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka have dropped spinner Ajantha Mendis and retained wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella for the twoTest series against Pakistan starting next week. Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday announced a 15member squad which also include seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep, who was part of the squad for the concluded series against South...
  • Rajiv Gandhi sent IPKF to Sri Lanka without consulting Cabinet, claims Natwar Singh August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Estranged NehruGandhi family loyalist, Natwar Singh, in his upcoming autobiography, has apparently written that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had sent the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka in 1987 without consulting his Cabinet. Singh, a former external affairs minister, alleged that the IPKF was sent to...
  • Jaya writes to PM for immediate release of fishermen July 29, 2014

    Chennai: A few hours after Sri Lankan Navy arrested 50 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking immediate release of total 93 fishermen and 62 boats, presently in the custody of the neighbouring nation. In her letter to Modi, she referred to...
  • Lasith Malinga opts for Mumbai Indians over Sri Lankan team in CLT20 July 29, 2014

    Colombo: Lasith Malinga has chosen Mumbai Indians over his Sri Lankan side, Southern Express in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament, scheduled to be played in September. Nishantha Ranatunga, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Secretary said that the pacer had a talk with the officials and had conveyed his wish to...
  • Sri Lankan Navy arrests 50 Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam and Karaikal July 29, 2014

    Chennai: Fifty fishermen were arrested from Nagapattinam and Karaikal, towns in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday. Reportedly, seven boats have been seized as well. The fishermen have frequently complained about the harassment that they go through without any effective measure being implemented....
  • Angelo Mathews hails Sri Lankan spinners despite draw July 29, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Monday lavished praise on his ace spinners for nearly winning his team the second Test against South Africa with a lionhearted effort. The hosts were agonisingly close to victory, having taken eight wickets in the second innings, but South Africa's tailenders hung on to...
  • South Africa draw 2nd Test against Sri Lanka, jump to number one July 28, 2014

    Colombo: A gritty South African tail fought off Sri Lanka's spinners to snatch a nervejangling draw in the second Test and seal a historic 10 series win. The series victory propelled South Africa to the top of world Test ranking ahead of Australia and also ended their 21yearold jinx on the...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 5 July 28, 2014

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day 4 Round up: Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Angelo Mathews struck brisk halfcenturies to help Sri Lanka set up a thrilling finale to the seriesdeciding second Test against South Africa. At stumps on a raininterrupted day four, South Africa were...
  • Sri Lanka's Test debutant Dickwella fined July 28, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was on Sunday fined 10 per cent of his match fee for claiming an unfair catch on day three of the ongoing second Test against South Africa. The 21yearold player was found guilty of conduct that is either "contrary to the spirit of the...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka on top against South Africa on curtailed Day 4 July 27, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath picked up an early wicket to put South Africa under pressure as the visitors finished day four on 38/1, needing another 331 runs to win the second Test. Opening the bowling, the leftarm spinner had opener Alviro Petersen caught by Kithruwan Vithanage without scoring with the...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 4 July 27, 2014

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day 1 Roundup: South Africa captain Hashim Amla remained unbeaten after his 22nd Test hundred but offspinner Dilruwan Perera's career best figures gave Sri Lanka a big first innings lead at the end of the third day of the second...
  • 2nd Test: Perera gives Sri Lanka big lead despite Amla ton July 26, 2014

    South Africa captain Hashim Amla remained unbeaten after his 22nd Test hundred but offspinner Dilruwan Perera's career best figures gave Sri Lanka a big first innings lead at the end of the third day of the second Test on Saturday. South Africa were dismissed for 282 in reply to Sri Lanka's...
  • 'India told Lanka to resolve Tamil issue for better trade' July 26, 2014

    Singapore: India has told Sri Lanka that it needs to resolve the Tamil issue for making progress in bilateral trade and commerce, a senior BJP leader has said. "We have told them (Sri Lanka) that you should resolve the Tamil issue if you want trade and commerce between Colombo and...
  • Mahela Jayawardene cherishes playing against South Africa July 26, 2014

    In the twilight of his glorious Test career, Mahela Jayawardene will sign off with a bagful of memories when he hangs up his boots next month. But there is one team he will cherish playing against the most. The stylish righthander has scored against allcomers but his records against South Africa...
  • Misbahul Haq looks to spinners for Sri Lanka tour July 26, 2014

    Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq said on Friday spin would be a key factor in his side's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka as he looked to Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman to beat the islanders. The last time the two teams met was in January at the neutral venue of Dubai with...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 3 July 26, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 2 roundup: Hashim Amla led South Africa's recovery to 98 for 3 in reply to Sri Lanka posting 421 on day two of the second cricket Test on Friday. Mahela Jayawardene was run out for 165 on his home ground...
  • Misbah hopes Pakistan players quickly find Test groove July 26, 2014

    Pakistan captain MisbahulHaq hopes his players will quickly find their Test match groove when they play the first match of a twogame series against Sri Lanka at Galle on August 6. Pakistan haven't played a Test since drawing the series 11 against Sri Lanka in January at Sharjah, where it sensationally...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka spinners keep South Africa in check on Day 2 July 25, 2014

    Colombo: Hashim Amla led South Africa's recovery to 98 for 3 in reply to Sri Lanka posting 421 on day two of the second cricket Test on Friday. Mahela Jayawardene was run out for 165 on his home ground at Sinhalese Sports Club, hastening a Sri Lanka collapse from 385 for...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2 July 25, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1 Roundup: The retiring Mahela Jayawardene showed what Sri Lanka would be missing as he smashed an unbeaten 140 on the first day of the seriesdeciding second Test. Sri Lanka were reeling at 162 but the stylish righthander batted through...
  • 2nd Test: Jayawardene ton gives Sri Lanka edge on Day 1 against South Africa July 24, 2014

    Colombo: Mahela Jayawardene smashed his 34th Test century as Sri Lanka overcame an early hiccup and scored a healthy 305 for 5 on day one of the second Test against South Africa on Thursday. Jayawardene made a splendid unbeaten 140 off 225 balls with 16 fours and a six on a...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1 July 24, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Playing XIs: South Africa: Dean Elgar, Alviro Petersen, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla(c), AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock(w), JeanPaul Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir. Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Niroshan...
  • South Africa mull extra pace option against Sri Lanka in 2nd Test July 23, 2014

    South Africa, on the verge of a rare series win in Sri Lanka, are considering playing an extra fast bowler on the Singhalese SC track which is not as conducive to spin as the one in Galle. South Africa played legspinner Imran Tahir and the offspin of JP Duminy in...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to end Test career on home ground July 23, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka have shifted the venue of the second Test against Pakistan next month by request to enable star batsman Mahela Jayawardene to bow out of Test cricket at his club ground in Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket in a statement on Wednesday says the request was made by Jayawardene's Sinhalese...