Sri Lanka

  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1 July 24, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Playing XIs: South Africa: Dean Elgar, Alviro Petersen, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla(c), AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock(w), JeanPaul Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir. Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Niroshan...
  • South Africa mull extra pace option against Sri Lanka in 2nd Test July 23, 2014

    South Africa, on the verge of a rare series win in Sri Lanka, are considering playing an extra fast bowler on the Singhalese SC track which is not as conducive to spin as the one in Galle. South Africa played legspinner Imran Tahir and the offspin of JP Duminy in...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to end Test career on home ground July 23, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka have shifted the venue of the second Test against Pakistan next month by request to enable star batsman Mahela Jayawardene to bow out of Test cricket at his club ground in Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket in a statement on Wednesday says the request was made by Jayawardene's Sinhalese...
  • Sri Lanka to hunt for national coaching staff July 23, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will soon begin its hunt for a brand new team of coaching staff, including head coach, fielding coach and trainer. SLC will soon advertise calling for applications to appoint a brand new team of coaching staff. The SLC had appointed former captain and batting coach Marvan Atapattu...
  • Amla heaps praise on struggling Tahir before 2nd Sri Lanka Test July 23, 2014

    South Africa skipper Hashim Amla on Wednesday backed struggling legspinner Imran Tahir to come good, saying he had the qualities to be a matchwinning bowler ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka. The 35yearold Pakistanborn spinner took just one wicket off 45 overs in the first Test at Galle, raising...
  • Niroshan Dickwella included in Sri Lanka squad for 2nd Test against SA July 23, 2014

    Colombo: Uncapped wicketkeeperbatsman Niroshan Dickwella has been included in the Sri Lanka squad for the second and final Test against South Africa which starts at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground here Thursday. "At a selection meeting, it was decided to include Niroshan Dickwella in the Sri Lanka national squad for the...
  • Lahiru Thirimanna to lead Sri Lanka team at Asian Games July 23, 2014

    Colombo: Left handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanna will skipper the Sri Lanka cricket team at the Asian Games to be held at Incheon from Sep 19 to Oct 4. The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) named a 15member squad for the 17th Asiad with Thirimanna as the captain and...
  • Jayalalithaa urges PM to secure fishermen's release from Sri Lanka July 23, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and secure the release of Indian fishermen and their fishing boats from Sri Lankan custody. In a letter to Modi on Tuesday, text of which was released to the media on Wednesday, Jayalalithaa said "I once...
  • Sri Lanka pacer Eranga ruled out of second Test against South Africa July 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's frontline seamer Shaminda Eranga was Tuesday ruled out of the deciding second Test against South Africa due to a hand injury, dealing a fresh blow to the beleaguered hosts. Eranga, 28, tore the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his right hand while fielding on day...
  • 38 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy July 22, 2014

    Rameswaram: Thirtyeight fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel on Monday. All the fishermen are from villages in Rameswaram and Pudukottai apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy. Nine boats belonging to the Indian fishermen have also been seized. Last month, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged the Central government...
  • Waqar Younis wants to revive Pakistan's love affair with pace August 4, 2014

    Pakistan coach and former paceman Waqar Younis has promised to rejuvenate his country's fastbowling attack. Waqar, who in May accepted the coaching job for the second time in four years, said he wanted pace to play a pivotal role in Pakistan cricket again. "We shouldn't just be depending on our spinners, we...
  • Steyn thanks Donald, rates Galle heroics among his best July 21, 2014

    Galle: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn rated his matchwinning performance in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka among his best and said watching videos of former fast bowling great Allan Donald inspired him ahead of the seriesopener. The 31yearold rightarm fast bowler took a match haul of nine wickets on...
  • Victory vindicates Hashim Amla's declaration gamble July 21, 2014

    Galle: Hashim Amla was probably more relieved than elated after his declaration gamble paid off and the bearded South African began his captaincy tenure with a thumping 153run win against Sri Lanka on Sunday. South Africa's first permanent nonwhite skipper made a gamble on the fourth day of the seriesopener when...
  • Dale Steyn thanks Allan Donald, rates Galle heroics among his best July 20, 2014

    South African fast bowler Dale Steyn rated his matchwinning performance in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka among his best and said watching videos of former fast bowling great Allan Donald inspired him ahead of the seriesopener. The 31yearold rightarm fast bowler took a match haul of nine wickets on a...
  • 1st Test: Steyn, Morkel lead South Africa to 153run win over SL July 20, 2014

    South Africa pace bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel grabbed four wickets each to lead the tourists to a 153run win over Sri Lanka on Friday in the first game of their twoTest series. Steyn grabbed 445 and Morkel 429 as the Proteas bowled out Sri Lanka for 216 on Sunday...
  • 1st Test, SL v SA: as it happened July 20, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 4 roundup: Sri Lanka lefthander Kumar Sangakkara led a steady charge towards a challenging 370run target after South Africa declared on the fourth day of the first Test. The former captain was unbeaten on 58 with one six and...
  • South Africa coach defends Philander in ball tampering row July 19, 2014

    Galle: South Africa coach Russell Domingo on Saturday denied his team was earning a reputation for ball tampering after Vernon Philander become the second bowler in the last nine months to be fined for the offence. Philander was on Friday fined 75 per cent of his match fees after footage emerged...
  • Sri Lanka in strong position to win the 1st Test against South Africa July 19, 2014

    Galle: Sri Lanka lefthander Kumar Sangakkara led a steady charge toward a challenging 370run target after South Africa declared on the fourth day of the first Test. The former captain was unbeaten on 58 with one six and seven fours as Sri Lanka reached 110 for 1 at stumps on Saturday,...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Day 4 July 19, 2014

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day 3 roundup: Pace bowler Dale Steyn grabbed 5 for 50 to help restrict Sri Lanka to 283 for 9 in reply to South Africa's firstinnings score of 455 for 9 declared on day three of the first Test. It...
  • Vernon Philander fined by ICC for ball tampering July 19, 2014

    Dubai: South Africa's Vernon Philander has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Philander was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which...
  • 1st Test: Dale Steyn gives South Africa control at Galle on Day 3 July 18, 2014

    Galle: Pace bowler Dale Steyn grabbed 5 for 50 to help restrict Sri Lanka to 283 for 9 in reply to South Africa's firstinnings score of 455 for 9 declared on day three Friday of the first Test. It was the 23rd fivewicket haul in 73 Tests for Steyn, who gained...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 3 July 18, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page). Day 2 roundup: JeanPaul Duminy came up with a timely century Thursday that helped South Africa declare their first innings at a formidable 455 for 9 on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka. The lefthander was unbeaten...
  • 1st Test: Sri Lanka end Day 2 trailing South Africa by 425 runs July 17, 2014

    Galle: JeanPaul Duminy came up with a timely century Thursday that helped South Africa declare their first innings at a formidable 455 for 9 on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka. The lefthander was unbeaten on 100 when South Africa captain Hashim Amla declared midway into the...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2 July 17, 2014

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day One Highlights: Opener Dean Elgar smashed a century before Sri Lanka pegged back South Africa with four key wickets late on the opening day of the first Test in Galle on Wednesday. The visitors were cruising at one stage after...
  • Jos Buttler 'Mankading' fine by MCC July 17, 2014

    London: Some of cricket's greatest names insisted England's Jos Buttler had only himself to blame for his 'Mankad' dismissal against Sri Lanka. The issue of players being run out backing up was in the spotlight when Buttler was dismissed in such a fashion by bowler Sachithra Senanayake during Sri Lanka's 32...
  • Do not follow UPA line on Sri Lankan issues, PMK urges NDA government July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: A delegation led by PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss on Wednesday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and demanded that the NDA government should not toe the line which was adopted by the previous UPA regime on issues concerning Sri Lanka. "NDA should change its policy towards Sri Lanka and...
  • Akhtar snubs PCB for sending too many support staff on Lanka tour July 16, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for deciding to send 10 officials with the national team for their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. "I don't know what they are trying to do but this board is full of ignorant people and...
  • 1st Test: Late wickets hurt South Africa on Day 1, bring Sri Lanka back July 16, 2014

    Galle: Opener Dean Elgar notched a superb 103 on Wednesday as South Africa reached 268 for 5 on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Elgar dominated both pace and spin bowling to smash 11 fours and three sixes during his 187ball knock and was supported well by...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Afrrica, 1st Test, Day 1 July 16, 2014

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Toss and News: South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first against Sri Lanka in the first Test of the threematch Test series. This is South Africa's first Test since the retirement of their former skipper, Graeme Smith....
  • Hamstrung De Villiers to play as specialist batsman in 1st Test against Sri Lanka July 15, 2014

    AB de Villiers will avoid putting extra stress on a hamstring injury by playing as a batsman only in the first Sri Lanka Test with Quinton de Kock taking over wicketkeeping duties, South Africa captain Hashim Amla said on Tuesday. "De Villiers unfortunately has being struggling with a hamstring, he hasn't...