Sri Lanka

  • 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 red-faced. 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 1-0 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 left-arm 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...
  • Kumar Sangakkara breaks Don Bradman's 66-year-old record August 9, 2014

    Galle: Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara struck his 10th double hundred on Saturday, surpassing the nine amassed by West Indian Brian Lara and puts him two behind the great Don Bradman. However, the left-hander managed to break Australian's 66-year-old record for most scores of 190 plus. The Sri Lankan captain...
  • 1st Test: Sangakkara's double ton spurs Sri Lanka ahead on Day 4 August 9, 2014

    Galle: 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 Saturday. Pakistan lost opener Khurram Manzoor to left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to finish...
  • 1st Test: Sangakkara, Jayawardene flay Pakistan on rain-hit Day 2 August 8, 2014

    Galle: Kumar Sangakkara rose to fourth place in the list of century-makers as he and the retiring Mahela Jayawardene plundered Pakistan's bowlers on the rain-hit third day of the first Test in Galle on Friday. The hosts, who began the day at 99 for 1 in reply to Pakistan's 451, carried...
  • 1st Test: Silva, Sangakkara carry Sri Lanka after Pakistan's 451 August 7, 2014

    Galle: Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara survived Pakistan's spin Test and carried the home team to 99 for 1 in response to the visitors' healthy 451 on the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Silva was batting on 38 while Sangakkara, who could have been out lbw...
  • 1st Test: Younis, Shafiq lift Pakistan to 261/4 at stumps August 6, 2014

    Galle: Younis Khan hit an eventful century and lifted Pakistan to a respectable 261/4 on day 1 of the first test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Khan showed no signs of rustiness after Pakistan playing a test match for over six months and made a splendid 133 off 228 balls with...
  • Pakistan can cope with nemesis Rangana Herath August 5, 2014

    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is confident that his batsmen will be able to overcome the threat posed by Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in the two-Test series starting on Wednesday. Herath has often proved to be a thorn in Pakistan's side having taken 65 of his 237 Test wickets against them...
  • Sri Lanka paceman Lakmal ruled out of Pakistan series August 5, 2014

    Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal will miss the Pakistan Test series due to an ankle injury, dashing the home team's hopes of fielding their most potent new-ball partnership in the opening match on Wednesday. "Lakmal has sustained severe swelling above his left ankle following the second Test against South Africa and...
  • Pakistan look to break cricket coaching jinx August 5, 2014

    Islamabad: If any further proof were needed of the chaos prevailing in Pakistani cricket, the 27th change of coach since the country's sole World Cup win in 1992 provides it. Pakistan's series against Sri Lanka, which begins on Wednesday at Galle with the first of two Test matches, sees legendary fast-bowler...
  • 1st Test: Sri Lanka, Pakistan gear up for Mahela Jayawardene finale August 5, 2014

    Galle: Hosts Sri Lanka hope to give retiring former captain Mahela Jayawardene a winning farewell when they take on Pakistan for a sixth Test series in as many years from Wednesday. The elegant right-hander, sixth in the all-time scorers' list with 11,671 runs in 147 Tests since his debut in 1997,...
  • Outrage in and out of Parliament over derogatory Jaya-Modi 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 Under-15 cricket team leaves Chennai due to security reasons August 4, 2014

    Chennai: With anti-Sri Lanka sentiments running very high in Tamil Nadu, the Under-15 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 one-day captain, Misbah-ul-Haq has said his team-mates will have to take the wickets of the stalwarts like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara early if they want to win the upcoming two-Test 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 two-Test series against Pakistan starting next week. Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday announced a 15-member 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 Nehru-Gandhi 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 lion-hearted 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 nerve-jangling draw in the second Test and seal a historic 1-0 series win. The series victory propelled South Africa to the top of world Test ranking ahead of Australia and also ended their 21-year-old jinx on the...
  • 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 21-year-old 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 left-arm spinner had opener Alviro Petersen caught by Kithruwan Vithanage without scoring with the...
  • 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 off-spinner 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...