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  • World Cup still a long way ahead: Daniel Vettori January 11, 2015

    Christchurch: Veteran New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori has set short goals for himself, focusing on the ongoing series against Sri Lanka which will be followed by Pakistan, and insists on keeping World Cup discussions at bay. New Zealand, co-hosts along with Australia for the Feb 14-March 29 World Cup, play seven...
  • 1st ODI: Jayawardene's ton in vain as New Zealand win by 3 wickets January 11, 2015

    Christchurch: Brendon McCullum lashed a half-century from 19 balls, matching his national record, to spur New Zealand to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Sunday in the series-opening one-day international. Opening the batting, McCullum gave New Zealand a blazing start as they chased Sri Lanka's 218 for 9, hitting three...
  • Sri Lankan President Sirisena to visit India on his first foreign trip January 11, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India on his maiden foreign trip next month even as he ordered the release of all Indian fishermen in custody here as a goodwill gesture on the first day in office. "Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi asked the President to visit India and wanted...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI January 11, 2015

    (For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page) New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin fine-tuning their World Cup preparations in Christchurch with the first of seven one-day internationals. The first game will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup opener to be played between the...
  • Sri Lanka government to prosecute LTTE leader wanted in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi January 11, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's new government will prosecute a top LTTE leader who is wanted in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The present government which took office only two days ago has claimed that the decision was taken even before they came to power. Kumaran Pathmanathan, who is better...
  • David Cameron asks new Sri Lanka president to aid UN rights probe January 10, 2015

    London: British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked Sri Lankan President-elect Maithripala Sirisena to facilitate the UN investigation into human rights abuses in the country. In his congratulatory message released by Downing Street, Cameron expressed hope that the issues of the past will be addressed. In his statement, he said,...
  • 1st ODI: New Zealand, Sri Lanka start World Cup countdown January 10, 2015

    New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin fine-tuning their World Cup preparations in Christchurch on Sunday with the first of seven one-day internationals. The first game will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup opener to be played between the same two teams on the same ground on February...
  • Sri Lankan poll results: A new chapter in Indo-Sri Lanka relations? January 9, 2015

    Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena in his place. ...
  • Maithripala Sirisena trounces Mahinda Rajapaksa, sworn in as Sri Lankan President January 9, 2015

    Colombo: In a stunning verdict, Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena in his place. Hours after the results were declared, 63-year-old Sirisena, who...
  • New President in Sri Lanka: Tamil Nadu leaders want to 'wait and watch' January 9, 2015

    Chennai: Events in Sri Lanka have often had a political and emotional echo in Tamil Nadu. And with the island-nation now voting out Mahinda Rajapaksa, CNN-IBN's Anna Isaac finds out what Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena means for Lankan Tamils and for politics in Tamil Nadu. ...
  • Maithripala Sirisena to be sworn-in as Sri Lanka's new President on today January 9, 2015

    Colombo: Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan President-elect, will be sworn-in on Friday evening following his stunning victory in the tightest-ever presidential race that ended the 10-year-rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the swearing in ceremony will be held at 6 PM in the Independence Monument in Colombo. "The new...
  • Who is Maithripala Sirisena, the giant slayer of Sri Lanka January 9, 2015

    Colombo: The newly elected President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena is being hailed as a giant slayer. He has achieved something impossible. He ended the rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa in a hotly contested, never seen before Presidential election in the history of island nation. Sirisena, a staunch Buddhist hails from...
  • Tharanga's omission, Mendis' inclusion for World Cup shocking January 9, 2015

    The Sri Lanka squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 contained two big surprises for me: the absence of opener Upul Tharanga and the inclusion of Jeevan Mendis as a spin-bowling allrounder. Tharanga's omission shocked me. True, he had not been picked against England or New Zealand, but he has...
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in Sri Lankan presidential polls January 9, 2015

    Even as counting in the presidential polls is underway, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat. He has left the official residence in Colombo after counting of around 3 million votes as Rajapaksa's opponent Maithripala Sirisena led with 52 per cent votes. ...
  • Sri Lanka votes for change, Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in presidential elections January 9, 2015

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday conceded defeat in Sri Lanka's tightest-ever presidential race and left his official residence, with cumulative results showing opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena ahead. "President Rajapaksa left Temple Trees bowing to the people's mandate in the presidential election", a statement from Rajapaksa's office said. With final result yet...
  • Sri Lanka voting ends with high turn out; incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces tough test January 8, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankans on Thursday voted in large numbers in the bitterly contested presidential election in which incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa is seeking a record third term against his friend-turned-foe Maithripala Sirisena, with an unusually high voter turnout in Tamil and Muslim areas. Election officials estimated more than 65-70 per cent voting...
  • Sri Lanka votes in closest President election, Tamils have little choice January 8, 2015

    Chennai: Sri Lanka goes to polls on Thursday in what is widely believed to be the closest presidential race in decades. While President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks an unprecedented third term. He faces off against his former colleague turned common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. More than five years after the war ended,...
  • World Cup squads: Sri Lanka gamble on Malinga in 15-man squad January 7, 2015

    Sri Lanka have included pace spearhead Lasith Malinga in their 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup despite concerns over his fitness after ankle surgery, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday. The mercurial Malinga had left ankle surgery in September and missed the team's one-day series against India and England. Malinga...
  • Sri Lanka votes on Thursday, 'lull before the storm' greets island nation January 7, 2015

    Colombo: The rumour mill is working overtime in Sri Lanka. A journalist in the national capital Colombo told me that the President Rajapaksa family had kept a big private aircraft ready at Ratmalana airport, south of Colombo to flee the country, if he loses the Presidential election on Thursday. But,...
  • Basin Reserve showed fluctuating nature of Test cricket January 7, 2015

    Wellington: The fluctuating nature of Test cricket was never more evident than the last five days at Wellington's Basin Reserve as New Zealand somehow managed to fight back to record an 193-run win in the second Test over Sri Lanka and seal a 2-0 series victory. Fortunes ebbed and flowed, individual...
  • Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews rues dropped catches in second Test January 7, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews could only reflect on the old cricketing adage that "catches win matches" as poor fielding let his side down in the second Test against New Zealand. The hosts won the game by 193 runs on Wednesday after completing a remarkable fightback from 159 for five...
  • Rajapaksa faces toughest challenge as Lanka goes to polls on Thursday January 7, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka will go to the polls on Thursday to elect a new President in the most closely fought presidential race in the country for decades as incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks a record third term amid a flurry of defections and criticism over his authoritarian rule. 69-year-old Rajapaksa's decision...
  • Team ethic helped New Zealand to remarkable win: Brendon McCullum January 7, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand's fightback from a position where they looked likely to lose the second Test against Sri Lanka inside three days to achieve victory on the final afternoon was testament to the Black Caps' team ethic, captain Brendon McCullum has said. The hosts dismissed Sri Lanka for 196 in their...
  • Mark Craig spins NZ to Test series win over Sri Lanka January 7, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand wrapped up a 193-run victory over Sri Lanka on Wednesday to complete a 2-0 win in the two-Test series and continue its fine form in Test cricket. Mark Craig took 4 for 53 as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 196 with a session to spare at...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 5 January 7, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 4 round up: New Zealand's Kane Williamson posted his first Test double century and shared a world record 365-run sixth-wicket partnership with BJ Watling to put the hosts in a strong position after day four. Williamson was 242 and Watling...
  • Sri Lanka Presidential election on Thursday - poll surveys predict never seen before dead heat January 6, 2015

    Courtesy: The Sunday Leader, Sri Lanka Colombo: Sri Lanka is two days away from it seventh presidential election and it is clear that it would be the closest and tightest presidential contest in the country's electoral history. Both candidates, namely President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena have expressed...
  • Focus on team helped build partnership, says Kane Williamson January 6, 2015

    Wellington: Kane Williamson and BJ Watling were so much in the flow of their world record partnership, they appeared surprised to see captain Brendon McCullum waving them in as he declared to set Sri Lanka a target of 390 to win the second Test at the Basin Reserve. Williamson and Watling...
  • 2nd Test: Williamson, Watling record stand put Sri Lanka on backfoot January 6, 2015

    Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand's Kane Williamson posted his first Test double century and shared a world record 365-run sixth-wicket partnership with BJ Watling on Tuesday to put the hosts in a strong position after day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Williamson was 242 and Watling 142 when...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 4 January 6, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 Roundup: Kane Williamson and BJ Watling produced an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 94 to keep New Zealand alive on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington on Monday. New Zealand were 253 for...
  • New Zealand have hopes of winning 2nd Test: Tom Latham January 5, 2015

    New Zealand are confident they can still win the second Test against Sri Lanka and Kane Williamson and BJ Watling were the perfect pair at the crease when the hosts return on day four to extend their lead, according to batsman Tom Latham. New Zealand finished the third day at the...