Sri Lanka

  • 1st Test: Kumar Sangakkara's ton leads Sri Lanka to 415-7 on Day 3 June 15, 2014

    Kumar Sangakkara's first century at Lord's led Sri Lanka to 415 for 7 at stumps and within 160 of England's first innings after three days of the first Test on Saturday. Sangakkara cruised to his 36th Test century, and helped Sri Lanka sail past the follow-on mark after England declared at...
  • 1st Test: Sri Lanka in control despite Root's double-ton June 14, 2014

    London: Joe Root scored a career-best 200 not out and England immediately declared their first innings at 575 for 9 against Sri Lanka on Friday, the second day of the first Test at Lord's. But Sri Lanka replied strongly, with Kaushal Silva leading the visitors to 140 for 1 at the...
  • Sri Lanka keeper Prasanna Jayawardene injures hand in warm-up June 13, 2014

    Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene was taken to hospital for a scan after injuring his hand while warming up for the second day of the opening Test against England at Lord's on Friday. Jayawardene, who took two catches on the first day but was generally untidy behind the stumps, missed the...
  • 1st Test: Root's century puts England on top on day one June 13, 2014

    London: Joe Root's second hundred in as many Lord's Tests was the cornerstone of England's recovery on the first day of their series opener with Sri Lanka on Thursday. Root's 102 not out helped take England to 344 for 5 at stumps on the first day of the first Test after...
  • 51 Indian fishermen repatriated June 12, 2014

    Rameswaram : A batch of 51 Indian fishermen, who were released by Sri Lanka after being arrested on the charge of poaching fish in the island waters, on Thursday arrived at Mandapam. All the 51 fishermen along with a boat were received by the Indian Coast Guard ship ICGS Rajkamal near...
  • Sri Lanka releases 51 Indian fishermen June 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sri Lankan government has released 51 Indian fishermen and they were on their way back home. The fishermen were arrested for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had ordered the release of the fishermen as a good will gesture ahead of his attending Prime...
  • Angelo Mathews wary of England's hostility ahead of Test series June 12, 2014

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews did his best to play down any lingering discontent surrounding the controversial runout of Jos Buttler, but admits to expecting some hostility when his side's two-match test series with England begins at Lord's on Thursday. The visitors won the one-day international series 3-2, but their final...
  • England's Gary Ballance to bat at three against Sri Lanka June 11, 2014

    Yorkshire's Gary Ballance is set to bat in England's problem position of number three in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday. England captain Alastair Cook said the Zimbabwe-born left-hander would come in at first wicket down when speaking to reporters at Lord's on Wednesday. When Ballance made his...
  • Ireland, Sri Lanka's tour to Pakistan uncertain June 11, 2014

    Karachi: Uncertainty looms over the planned tours by Ireland and Sri Lankan cricket teams to Pakistan this year following the terrorist attacks at the Karachi airport. "We were going to sign an agreement with the Ireland cricket body on the sidelines of the ICC executive board meeting in Melbourne this month....
  • England debutant Moeen may unveil doosra at Lord's June 10, 2014

    London: England newcomer Moeen Ali is preparing to unveil a surprise should he make his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday - his doosra. The Worcestershire allrounder is set to play in the opening game of the two-match series, with captain Alastair Cook likely to call on Moeen's...
  • Sachithra Senanayake to undergo tests for suspect bowling action June 9, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan offspinner Sachithra Senanayake will undergo a biomechanical test after being reported by the ICC for a suspect action. He will be sent to the Cardiff Metropolitan University for bio-mechanical tests, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Monday. Senanayake was reported for a suspect action by the on field umpires Marias...
  • Sri Lankan government will release 78 Indian fishermen: Mahinda Rajapaksa June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sri Lankan government on Monday said that it will release 78 Indian fishermen who were arrested by the Navy for illegally poaching in Sri Lanka's waters on Saturday. The move came a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding...
  • Andre Russell's whirlwind century blows Bangladesh away June 9, 2014

    Bridgetown, Barbados: Andre Russell's astonishing 47-ball hundred has powered West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) to an emphatic 117-run victory over Bangladesh A in the first one-dayer here. The all-rounder, already a senior West Indies player, finished unbeaten on 132 from a mere 56 deliveries, as HPC piled up 327 for...
  • Sri Lanka warm-up match against Northampton ends in draw June 9, 2014

    Northampton: Rob Keogh's century ensured Sri Lanka encountered determined Northamptonshire resistance as their final match before next week's first Test against England at Lord's ended in a draw. That was always the most likely outcome after Saturday's third day of four was washed out without a ball bowled and became all...
  • Jayalalithaa writes to Modi on fishermen issue, demands strict action June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa continues her opposition to the Sri Lankan government. She wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday demanding action against the Mahinda Rajapaksa government for capturing 82 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and seizing 18 boats. She said that India must deal decisively...
  • Prasanna Jayawardene ready for England backlash June 8, 2014

    Northamptonshire: Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene said he expected England to "come hard" at them during this month's two-Test series. The tourists took a five-match ODI series 3-2 with a six-wicket win at Edgbaston on Tuesday - a result overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the run out backing up or...
  • England to play seven ODIs in Sri Lanka June 7, 2014

    Colombo: England will play seven ODIs in Sri Lanka during a tour scheduled between November 21 and December 16. The first ODI, a day-night encounter, will be staged at the Premadasa Stadium while the third and fifth match will be played in Hambantota in the south and Pallekele in the central...
  • Sri Lanka in the wickets in final warm-up June 7, 2014

    Sri Lanka's bowlers were in the wickets on Friday ahead of next week's first Test against England at Lord's. The tourists reduced Northamptonshire to 146 for five at stumps on the second day of four in reply to Sri Lanka's 558 for eight declared -- a deficit of 412 and with...
  • Lahiru Thirimanne hits career-best in Sri Lanka run-fest June 7, 2014

    Lahiru Thirimanne's career-best 156 helped Sri Lanka pile on the runs against Northamptonshire on Friday. Sri Lanka, at lunch on the second day of four at Northampton, were 485 for five in their final match before next week's first Test against England at Lord's. Sri Lanka were 358 for three overnight. But...
  • Thirimanne issues 'Mankad' warning to England June 6, 2014

    Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne insisted on Thursday the tourists would have no qualms about running out an England batsman backing up too far during their upcoming Test series, despite the furore over Jos Buttler's dismissal at Edgbaston. Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Buttler as the non-striker, who only days earlier had...
  • Sri Lanka reacts strongly to Jayalalithaa's genocide remarks June 5, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday reacted strongly against the genocide remarks made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa against the country over the Tamil issue and said it will make formal objections to India over her comments. "It is very much in keeping with the character of this politician to...
  • Mahela Jayawardene looking good in Sri Lanka Test warm-up June 5, 2014

    Northampton: Mahela Jayawardene was in typically fine touch as Sri Lanka faced Northamptonshire ahead of next week's first Test against England at Lord's. Sri Lanka, whose captain for the match Lahiru Thirimanne had won the toss, were 103 for two at lunch on the first day of this four-day fixture at...
  • Sri Lanka releases 33 Indian fishermen June 5, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has released 33 Indian fishermen following the orders of the country's President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The development came as a goodwill gesture after the Sri Lankan President met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May at later's oath taking ceremony. Talks between India and Sri Lanka on the fishermen issue...
  • Sam Robson set for England debut against Sri Lanka June 5, 2014

    Australia-born Sam Robson was in line to make his England debut after the Middlesex opener was named on Thursday in the squad to play Sri Lanka in next week's first Test at his Lord's 'home' ground. Robson was one of three uncapped players named by national selector James Whitaker in a...
  • England pick uncapped trio for first Sri Lanka Test June 5, 2014

    London: England named a trio of uncapped players on Thursday in their squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's later this month. Selecting his first Test squad since returning to the job, coach Peter Moores picked 24-year-old batsman Sam Robson and all-rounders Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali for...
  • 'Mankading' raises debate on spirit of cricket once again June 4, 2014

    Nothing tends to divide fans more than a supposed affront to the 'spirit' of cricket, the standard of conduct that sits alongside its laws to help govern the so-called gentleman's game. When Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake removed the bails as batsman Jos Buttler was backing up at the non-striker's end during...
  • India slip to third but Virat Kohli on top in ICC ODI rankings June 5, 2014

    The Indian cricket team dropped a rung to third but Virat Kohli continued to top the batting chart in the latest ICC one-day international rankings announced on Wednesday. India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the top of the table. Sri Lanka's 3-2 series win...
  • Chris Jordan in reckoning for Tests, says England captain Alastair Cook June 4, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook said Chris Jordan had bolstered his prospects of making a Test debut against Sri Lanka next week during the recent one-day series against the tourists. Sussex all-rounder Jordan took 12 wickets at under 20 apiece during England's 3-2 series defeat by Sri Lanka, which ended with Tuesday's...
  • DMDK urges Centre to end Tamil Nadu fishers' travails June 4, 2014

    DMDK, an ally of BJP-led NDA in Tamil Nadu,on Wednesday urged the Centre to find a permanent solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and harassment of state's fishermen, allegedly by the island nation's navy. "Though India magnanimously treats Sri Lanka as a friendly country, it does not seem to...
  • Jos Buttler should have been recalled, says Arjuna Ranatunga June 4, 2014

    Colombo: Former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday said Sri Lanka was right to run out England's Jos Buttler, but felt he should have been recalled in the spirit of the game. "We should have got him out and then (Sri Lankan captain) Angelo (Mathews) called him back to play," Ranatunga told...