Sri Lanka

  • 1st Test: Sri Lanka plan winning farewell for Jayawardene July 15, 2014

    Sri Lanka are hoping to give former captain Mahela Jayawardene a memorable farewell by winning the last four Tests of his career against South Africa and Pakistan, skipper Angelo Mathews said on Tuesday. "We sent both Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara) and Mahela off (from the Twenty20 format) in a magnificent way in...
  • Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene to retire from Tests next month July 14, 2014

    Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will retire from Test cricket following the home series against South Africa and Pakistan, the country's cricket board said on Monday. "It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past...
  • Sri Lanka to send banned spinner Sachithra Senanayake for coaching July 14, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket authorities decided on Sunday to send off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake for intense coaching after the International Cricket Council (ICC) ruled his bowling action illegal and banned him from international matches. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the coaching team was being asked to study reports from...
  • Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake banned over action July 12, 2014

    Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from international cricket for an illegal bowling action, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Saturday. Senanayake, 29, was reported during his side's five-match one-day international series in England in June and his action underwent assessment in Cardiff. Tests revealed he exceeded the allowed 15-degree flex in...
  • Upul Tharanga recalled to Sri Lanka Test squad July 12, 2014

    Opening batsman Upul Tharanga is in line for his first Test appearance in seven years after being named in the Sri Lanka squad for the two-match series against South Africa, starting at Galle on July 16. Left-hander Tharanga's last Test was against England in 2007 but he has been out of...
  • CSA congratulates South Africa on historic Sri Lanka win July 12, 2014

    Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday congratulated its national cricket team on the first-ever one-day international series triumph in Sri Lanka. "This is a highly impressive performance as I believe our team is still developing under (coach) Russell Domingo and (captain) AB de Villiers in this World Cup year," said...
  • 3rd ODI: De Kock, De Villiers star in South Africa's series win over Sri Lanka July 12, 2014

    Hambantota: South Africa rode on aggressive hundreds from Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers to beat Sri Lanka by 82 runs in the third and final one-day international on Saturday. Left-hander De Kock smashed a 127-ball 128 while skipper De Villiers hit a fiery 71-ball 108, making a century off...
  • 37 Tamil fishermen set free by Sri Lankan court July 11, 2014

    Rameswaram (TN): Thirty-seven fishermen from the island, arrested in two batches by Sri Lankan Navy while fishing near Katchateevu recently, were on Friday ordered to be released by a court in the neighbouring country. Mannar court magistrate Aanandhi Kanagarathinam ordered the release of the fishermen, Pamban Fishermen Association president U Arulanandam...
  • 2nd ODI: Dilshan shines as Sri Lanka thrash South Africa to level series July 9, 2014

    Pallekele: Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with both bat and ball as Sri Lanka crushed South Africa by 87 runs in their second one-dayer on Wednesday to draw the three-match series level at 1-1. Dilshan smashed 86 off 90 balls and also took three wickets for 40 runs to set the stage for...
  • Unfit Gul ruled out of Pakistan squad, Younis returns for ODIs against Sri Lanka July 9, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan pacers Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan have been ruled out of the Test and one-day series in Sri Lanka during August due to fitness problems while senior batsman Younis Khan makes a comeback to the ODI squad after March 2013. Chief selector Moin Khan said that both Gul and...
  • Sri Lanka vs South Africa Live Score: 2nd ODI at Pallekele July 9, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Sri Lanka opt to bat against South Africa. Playing XIs: South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (capt), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir Sri Lanka: Kushal Janith...
  • Australia court bars return of Sri Lanka refugees July 8, 2014

    Sydney: A High Court has barred Australia from handing back a boat carrying 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, a day after Canberra returned another vessel to Colombo following a week of secrecy. The interim injunction from a late-night sitting applies at least until a hearing resumes on Tuesday afternoon, and...
  • 1st ODI: Amla hundred sets up big South Africa win over Sri Lanka July 6, 2014

    Colombo: Hashim Amla's 13th century in one-day international and a 151-run stand with captain AB de Villiers led South Africa to a convincing 75-run win in the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Amla scored 109 including eight boundaries to take the Proteas to 304 for 5 in 50 overs...
  • 1st ODI: Sri Lanka bandwagon looks to flatten South Africa July 5, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka will look to extend their red-hot winning streak onto home soil when they take on a new-look South Africa in the first of the three one-day internationals on Sunday. The hosts go into the series on the back of their first ever Test series victory in England which...
  • Sri Lanka retain 'suspect' Sachithra Senanayake for South Africa ODIs July 3, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, who was reported for a suspect bowling action during the one-day international series against England last month, has been included in the squad for the first two ODIs against South Africa. After being reported, Senanayake underwent testing at the Cardiff Metropolitan University on June 29...
  • Waqar Younis says Pakistan focused on upcoming series July 1, 2014

    Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis insisted on Tuesday that next year`s World Cup would not distract his side as they prepare for tough series against Sri Lanka and Australia. The 42-year-old fast bowling legend took over for a second spell as coach in May from former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore. He...
  • Jaya seeks diplomatic action for release of fishermen June 30, 2014

    Chennai: Seeking strong diplomatic action from the Centre for release of 28 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday said the Centre should "not" treat the IMBL with the island nation as a settled question, as it is a subject matter of...
  • South Africa call up Van Zyl, Piedt for Sri Lanka tour June 29, 2014

    South Africa have included uncapped right-handed batsman Stiaan van Zyl and off-spinner Dane Piedt in their Test squad for the two-match tour of Sri Lanka next month. The series will be the first for new Test captain Hashim Amla, who takes over from the retired Graeme Smith and is the first...
  • Axed Pietersen sinks boot into struggling England June 28, 2014

    Sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen has put the blow-torch on Alastair Cook's England, saying the team's series defeat to Sri Lanka showed senior players were still shell-shocked from the 5-0 Ashes whitewash. Pietersen also heaped additional pressure on out-of-form skipper Cook, claiming his lack of runs was playing on his mind and...
  • Tamil Nadu: 24 fishermen return home from Sri Lanka June 26, 2014

    Karaikal/Nagapattinam: 24 fishermen who were released after their arrest by the Sri Lankan Navy on June 17, returned to Karaikal on Thursday, a senior Coast Guard official said. Commander of the Coast Guard station at Karaikal Udhal Singh said the state and central governments had initiated steps to secure release of...
  • One month of Modi government: Is inflation the government's biggest worry? June 26, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government completed its first month in office on Thursday. In the past one month, the Modi government has faced various challenges ranging from the Iraq crisis to inflation to a below normal monsoon. CNN-IBN takes calls of people from across the country and takes their views...
  • Fletcher backs Cook to come through lean spell June 26, 2014

    Leicester: The man who was coach when Alastair Cook made his England debut has no doubt the opener will overcome his struggles with the bat and on the field to enjoy fresh success as as Test captain. Duncan Fletcher was England coach when the then 21-year-old Cook was flown halfway round...
  • 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...