SRI LANKA

  • Bradman record has Sangakkara reconsider retirement January 4, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara is reconsidering retirement plans after his 203 against New Zealand on Sunday put him one behind Australian legend Don Bradman for the most double centuries. The 37-year-old had indicated the second Test in Wellington could be his last with the intention of retiring from all...
  • Kumar Sangakkara is no less than Sachin Tendulkar January 4, 2015

    "Balanced yet intense, ruthless in his need to succeed, always contributing to his team's cause, he is among the finest cricketers Sri Lanka has produced," the late Peter Roebuck, one of the world's greatest cricket writers, once wrote about Kumar Sangakkara. Roebuck was describing the art of Sangakkara. "Kumar Sangakkara...
  • Tamil groups protest outside Salman Khan's Mumbai house over Mahinda Rajapaksa support January 4, 2015

    Mumbai: Tamil parties protested outside Bollywood star Salman Khan's residence in Mumbai on Sunday criticising the actor for campaigning for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Groups of protestors gathered outside the actor's residence and shouted slogans against the Bollywood star. With the police intervening, 10-15 people have been taken into...
  • 2nd Test: Kumar Sangakkara's 203 guides Sri Lanka to 113-run lead January 4, 2015

    Wellington: Kumar Sangakkara posted a majestic 203 - his 11th Test double century - to guide a resurgent Sri Lanka to a 113-run lead over New Zealand at stumps on the second day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Sunday. Sangakkara's double century brought him within one of...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 2 January 3, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day one roundup: Nuwan Pradeep took four for 63 as Sri Lanka dismissed New Zealand for 221 on the opening day of the second Test on Saturday. Sri Lanka claimed New Zealand's last eight wickets for 81 runs after winning the...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka reeling on bowlers' day in Wellington January 3, 2015

    Wellington: Recalled fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep took 4 for 63 as Sri Lanka dismissed New Zealand for 221 on the opening day of the second Test on Saturday as they seek to reassert themself in the two-match series. Sri Lanka claimed New Zealand's last eight wickets for 81 runs after winning...
  • Kumar Sangakkara breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record, fastest to 12,000 Test runs January 3, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara joined an elite group of cricketers on Saturday when he became only the fifth to make 12,000-runs in his career. The 37-year-old Lankan legend reached the milestone in his 224th Test innings, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, both of whom needed 247 innings...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 in Wellington January 3, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) TOSS: Sri Lanka opted to field against New Zealand. Playing XIs: New Zealand: Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (capt), James Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne,...
  • Fast bowler Tim Southee in doubt for 2nd Test against Sri Lanka January 2, 2015

    New Zealand seam bowler Tim Southee is in doubt for the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka, starting Saturday, because of an ankle injury. Captain Brendon McCullum told a news conference on Friday that a decision on Southee's fitness would be left to the morning of the match. If he is...
  • Sri Lanka wait on Rangana Herath fitness for second Test January 2, 2015

    Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is "50-50" to play New Zealand in the second Test at the Basin Reserve, though Sri Lanka will still go into the game keen to play positive, attacking cricket, captain Angelo Mathews has said. The 36-year-old Herath, who was the world leading Test wicket taker in...
  • Forget last year, New Zealand need to keep improving: Brendon McCullum January 2, 2015

    Wellington: Fresh off New Zealand's most successful Test year, captain Brendon McCullum is urging his team to start 2015 in the same fashion when they face Sri Lanka in the second game of their two-match series on Saturday. McCullum's side won five out of their nine Tests in 2014, including their...
  • 2nd Test: New Zealand seek to continue success against Sri Lanka in Wellington January 2, 2015

    New Zealand's eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test of their two-match series has given them an opportunity to start next year as they did this, with a series triumph over a higher-ranked opponent. Brendon McCullum's side are seventh in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) rankings, two places below...
  • Huge responsibility to fill Mahela's void: Lahiru Thirimanne January 1, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lankan left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne says he has big boots to fill as he is slowly getting into the groove to bat at the crucial number four position vacated by former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who retired from Tests in August 2014. "Batting at No.4 is a big challenge for me,...
  • Sri Lanka recall Nuwan Kulasekera for New Zealand ODIs December 30, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Tuesday recalled medium-pacer Nuwan Kulasekera for the one-day internationals against New Zealand next month. The 32-year-old was dropped from the side for the home ODI series against England in November. Lasith Malinga, who skipped both the Indian tour late October-November and the England series due to injury, is...
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  • Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez to campaign for Mahinda Rajapaksa's re-election in Sri Lanka December 29, 2014

    Colombo: Bollywood star Salman Khan is in Sri Lanka to prop up the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa's re-election bid, the first Indian actor to be roped in for a poll campaign in the country. Khan, along with Sri Lankan-born Jacqueline Fernandez and five other Bollywood performers are set to appear on stage...
  • South Africa drubbing led to New Zealand rise: Brendon McCullum December 29, 2014

    Christchurch: New Zealand cricketers have linked a record year of Test wins, after defeating Sri Lanka by eight wickets on Monday, to a drubbing two years ago by South Africa. New Zealand have won five Tests in 2014 for the first time in a calendar year after series wins at home...
  • 1st Test: Brendon McCullum, bowlers star as NZ beat SL December 29, 2014

    Christchurch: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first Test completed Monday, with Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson steering the Black Caps to a four-day victory built upon a strong performance by their pacemen. Sri Lanka resumed the final day at 293-5 in its second innings and was...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4 December 29, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 3 round-up: Two late wickets by Trent Boult put New Zealand back in control of the first Test against Sri Lanka Sunday after a maiden Test century by Dimuth Karunaratne had briefly given the tourists a glimmer of hope. Sri...
  • 1st Test: Dimuth Karunaratne ton delays New Zealand victory push December 28, 2014

    Dimuth Karunaratne thwarted a tiring New Zealand bowling attack to score his maiden Test century and stymie the hosts' push for a win inside three days in the first Test as Sri Lanka reached 293 for five in their second innings at close of play on Sunday. Karunaratne, who resumed the...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3 December 28, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 2 Report: Openers Dimuth Karunarate and Kaushal Silva led Sri Lanka's fightback on the second day of the first Test Saturday as they followed on 303 runs behind New Zealand after being dismissed for 138 in the first innings. Karunaratne...
  • 1st Test: New Zealand in control as Sri Lanka follow on December 27, 2014

    Christchurch: Openers Dimuth Karunarate and Kaushal Silva led Sri Lanka's fightback on the second day of the first Test Saturday as they followed on 303 runs behind New Zealand after being dismissed for 138 in the first innings. Karunaratne and Silva shrugged off their failures in the first innings, in which...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2 December 27, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brendon McCullum smashed 195, including the fastest Test century by a New Zealander and became the first Kiwi to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year as he lifted his team to 429 for 7 at stumps Friday on...
  • Brendon McCullum produces again when team needs it most December 26, 2014

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's record breaking exploits continued on Friday as he imposed his will on a Test match to bend it to his team's advantage for the fourth time this year. McCullum smashed 195-runs from 134 balls at Hagley Oval to lead New Zealand to 429 for seven at...
  • 1st Test: Brendon McCullum ton puts New Zealand on top on Day 1 December 26, 2014

    Christchurch: Brendon McCullum smashed 195, including the fastest Test century by a New Zealander and became the first Kiwi to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year as he lifted his team to 429 for 7 at stumps Friday on the first day of the first Test against Sri...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1 December 26, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Preview: Sri Lanka will open hostilities against the Black Caps in their first tour of New Zealand for eight years on Friday, looking to acclimatise to local conditions for the upcoming World Cup. The tour features two Test matches, the first...
  • Sri Lanka better travellers then before: Brendon McCullum December 25, 2014

    Christchurch: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said Sri Lanka have improved their away form by several notches and are a formidable side anywhere in the world now. Hosts New Zealand take on Sri Lanka here Friday in the first of a two-match Test series, followed by seven One-Day Internationals. "There's challenges in...
  • New Zealand off-spinner Mark Craig likely to play against Sri Lanka December 25, 2014

    Christchurch: Off-spinner Mark Craig is likely to play his first Test Friday when hosts New Zealand take on Sri Lanka here at the Hagley Oval Friday despite the pitch heavily loaded in favour of fast bowlers. Overcast conditions and a deep green tinge look of the pitch means that both teams...
  • Sri Lanka begin Word Cup tune-up in New Zealand December 25, 2014

    Wellington: Sri Lanka will open hostilities against the Black Caps in their first tour of New Zealand for eight years on Friday, looking to acclimatise to local conditions for the upcoming World Cup. The tour features two Test matches, the first beginning in Christchurch on Boxing Day, but the emphasis is...
  • Pakistan plan to organise tri-series with SA, SL in UAE December 24, 2014

    Karachi: The Pakistan cricket authorities have stepped up their efforts to revive international series for its upcoming players and plan to organize a tri-series with South Africa and Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates next year. "South Africa initiated the idea of having a 50-overs tri-series between the A teams...