Sri Lanka

  • 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...
  • 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...