Sri Lanka

  • Modi regime's 1 month: Some tough decisions, many challenges remain June 26, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government completed its first month in office on Thursday. In the past month the government has been praised for measures like forming an SIT on black money but it has also been in the line of fire for a steep hike in railway fair announced ahead...
  • England coach Moores won't take captaincy off Cook June 26, 2014

    Leeds: England coach Peter Moores has insisted he won't be a party to taking the captaincy off Alastair Cook in a bid to get the opener back to his best form with the bat. It is now 24 innings since Cook scored the last of his England record 25 Test centuries,...
  • Victorious Sri Lanka captain Mathews turns on Vaughan June 25, 2014

    Leeds: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews had the ideal response to criticism from former England skipper Michael Vaughan regarding the Islanders' "county" attack after the tourists completed a dramatic Test series win at Headingley. Mathews's men won the second Test by 100 runs after paceman Shaminda Eranga dismissed England No 11...
  • Cook vows to battle on despite another England defeat June 25, 2014

    London: A defiant Alastair Cook vowed to fight on as captain after England slumped to another defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Tuesday, losing the two-match series 1-0. The home team fought gallantly on the final day and almost snatched a highly unlikely draw before last...
  • Sri Lanka clinch maiden Test series win in England June 25, 2014

    Leeds: Shaminda Eranga ended Jimmy Anderson's stubborn resistance with the penultimate ball on Tuesday as Sri Lanka won the second Test at Headingley by 100 runs to clinch their first ever Test series win in England. Anderson faced 55 balls without scoring in a desperate last-wicket stand with Moeen Ali (108...
  • Meet Lanka president to sort fishermen issue: Subramanian Swamy to Jaya June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo to work out a compromise to resolve the recurring issue of the arrest of Indian fishermen by the island nations's navy. In a statement, Swamy also...
  • Jaya writes to PM Modi, demands secure release of 64 Tamil fishermen June 24, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to secure the release of 64 fishermen from Sri Lankan jails along with their 38 boats. Jayalalithaa's latest letter comes in the wake of 11 fishermen from Nagapattinam being arrested by the...
  • Boycott says out-of-form Cook could quit as captain June 24, 2014

    Former England great Geoff Boycott says the "nightmare of Australia is not over" and believes captain Alastair Cook's poor batting form is a "recipe for resignation". The home team, chasing 350 to win, were reduced to 57 for 5 on the penultimate day of the second and final Test on Monday...
  • Jayawardene slams England's tactics as SL head towards series win June 24, 2014

    Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene has questioned England's tactics, their ability to handle pressure and the wisdom of home captain Alastair Cook's pre-match spat with Shane Warne as the tourists moved to the brink of a memorable Test series win at Headingley. Sri Lanka seized control of the second and final...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka in control, England on the mat June 24, 2014

    Leeds: Sri Lanka took control of the second Test after Dhammika Prasad claimed four wickets on day four to reduce England to 57 for 5 on Monday, needing an unlikely 293 more runs to win at Headingley. Sri Lanka were earlier dismissed for 457, setting England an imposing total of 350....
  • Fake passport racket busted; six Sri Lankan Tamils arrested June 23, 2014

    Chennai: Police on Monday claimed to have busted a fake passport and visa racket with the arrest of six Sri Lankan Tamils residing here. Police said they were on the lookout for persons who had obtained the fake travel documents. The gang, which charged Rs 30,000 per 'passport', was nabbed...
  • Live Score: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 4 June 23, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page). Day three round-up: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene both made half-centuries on Sunday as Sri Lanka built a delicate lead of 106 runs over England after finishing day three of the second Test on 214 for 4. Jayawardene was unbeaten on...
  • 2nd Test: Jayawardene, Sangakkara lead SL fightback at Headingley June 23, 2014

    Leeds: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene both made half-centuries on Sunday as Sri Lanka built a delicate lead of 106 runs over England after finishing day three of the second Test on 214 for 4. Jayawardene was unbeaten on 55, with Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on 24, in a 38-run...
  • Live Score: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 June 22, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day three roundup: Sam Robson hit his maiden Test century before England lost three wickets for three runs on Saturday to finish the second day on 320 for 6 in their first innings with a 63-run lead over Sri...
  • 2nd Test: Sam Robson's maiden ton gives England 63-run lead over Sri Lanka June 22, 2014

    Leeds: Sam Robson hit his maiden Test century before England lost three wickets for three runs on Saturday to finish the second day on 320 for 6 in their first innings with a 63-run lead over Sri Lanka in the second Test. The 24-year old Robson went to tea on 98...
  • Four members of a Sri Lankan family arrested June 21, 2014

    Rameswaram: A four member Sri Lankan family, including two minor children who arrived illegally by a boat from Mullaitivu were arrested off Dhanushkodi on Saturday, police said. The couple told police they had come to India after paying Rs 80,000 to the boat owner to drop them off at Arichal...
  • Screening of Sri Lankan film 'With You, Without You' cancelled in Chennai after threats from a Tamil group June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The screening of Sri Lankan film 'With You Without You' had to be cancelled in Chennai on Saturday after officials at PVR Cinemas, which released the film in India and was screening it in their halls, received threat calls from a Tamil group. Threats started coming in prior...
  • 2nd Test: Stuart Broad takes hat-trick as England dismiss Sri Lanka for 257 June 21, 2014

    Leeds: Stuart Broad became the first England player to take two career Test hat tricks while Liam Plunkett finished with five wickets as Sri Lanka collapsed to 257 all out on the first day of the second Test on Friday. In reply, England reached 36-0 at stumps with Alastair Cook on...
  • Stuart Broad takes historic hat-trick for England June 21, 2014

    Leeds: Stuart Broad became the first England player to take two Test hat-tricks as he struck across two overs in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Friday. He dismissed Kumar Sangakkara for 79 when the batsman sent the ball to Ian Bell at gully with the final delivery of Broad's...
  • We'll make life easy for new skipper Hashim Amla, says Morne Morkel June 20, 2014

    Cape Town: South African players are determined to make life as easy as possible for new test skipper Hashim Amla as they prepare for next month's tour of Sri Lanka, paceman Morne Morkel said on Thursday. The Proteas play three one-day internationals, starting on July 3, before a two-match test series. "It's...
  • Alastair Cook backs England pace attack for Sri Lanka decider June 19, 2014

    The lack of a front-line spinner to replace Graeme Swann continues to vex English cricket but captain Alastair Cook insists their four-man pace attack remains the best option heading into the second test against Sri Lanka on Friday. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan on debut bowled manfully...
  • Shane Warne's critisicm personal, says England captain Alastair Cook June 19, 2014

    Alastair Cook has said "something needs to be done" about the barrage of criticism he has received over his captaincy of the England team from the likes of Australia great Shane Warne. During England's 5-0 Ashes series loss 'Down Under', Cook's generally conservative approach came under fire from legendary leg-spinner Warne. Regarded...
  • Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa urges centre to secure release of Indian fishermen June 19, 2014

    Chennai: Urging the centre to secure the release of 46 Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan jails, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said that the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka should not be taken as settled. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the text...
  • 2nd Test: England look to seal Sri Lanka deal June 20, 2014

    Leeds(UK): England will hope to go one wicket better when they face Sri Lanka in the second and final Test of their series at Headingley on Friday. Alastair Cook's new-look side were denied victory in the first test at Lord's on Monday after Sri Lanka No 11 Nuwan Pradeep got through...
  • Ian Bell 'amazed' to join England's 100-club June 19, 2014

    England batsman Ian Bell said on Wednesday it felt "amazing" to be on the verge of his 100th Test. The 32-year-old Warwickshire right-hander is in line to become only the 12th England player to complete a century of Test appearances when the team face Sri Lanka in the second and final...
  • Sri Lankan Navy arrests 47 Indian fishermen June 19, 2014

    Chennai: The Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday arrested as many as 47 Indian fishermen and seized 11 of their boats. All the arrested fishermen are from Tamil Nadu and have alleged that they were arrested on false grounds as they were fishing in Indian waters and had not trespassed into...
  • Tamil Nadu: 36 fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy June 18, 2014

    Rameswaram: Thirty six fishermen from a village in Pudukottai district and this coastal town were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel on Wednesday in two separate incidents while fishing near Neduntheevu and Katchatheevu islet, a fisheries department official said. While 24 fishermen in six boats...
  • Sri Lanka survive dramatic session to save Lord's Test June 17, 2014

    Number 11 Nuwan Pradeep survived five dramatic balls from Stuart Broad to help Sri Lanka avoid defeat after James Anderson ripped through the visitors to almost force an England win in the first Test at Lord's on Monday. Pradeep survived the final five balls, including successfully reviewing an lbw decision on...
  • UN rights chief concerned over Sri Lanka violence June 16, 2014

    Colombo: The UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has expressed concern over the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka and demanded that Colombo immediately bring the perpetrators to justice. "The Government must urgently do everything it can to arrest this violence, curb the incitement and hate speech which is driving it,...
  • 1st Test: England lead Sri Lanka by 389 runs on Day 4 June 16, 2014

    London: Gary Ballance hit an unbeaten 104 on Sunday for his first Test century as England fought back to finish the fourth day on 267 for 8 and lead Sri Lanka by 389 runs in the first Test at Lord's. With one day left, the Sri Lankans will have to pass...