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  • 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...
  • 2nd Test: Gritty Williamson fights to keep New Zealand alive against Sri Lanka January 5, 2015

    Wellington: 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 5 at stumps, a 118-run advantage with five wickets in hand, after...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 January 4, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Kumar Sangakkara scored a brilliant 203 - his 11th Test double century - to guide Sri Lanka to a 113-run lead over New Zealand at stumps on the second day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Sunday. Sangakkara's...
  • Bradman record has Sangakkara reconsider retirement January 4, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara is reconsidering retirement plans after his 203 against New Zealand on Sunday put him one behind Australian legend Don Bradman for the most double centuries. The 37-year-old had indicated the second Test in Wellington could be his last with the intention of retiring from all...
  • Kumar Sangakkara is no less than Sachin Tendulkar January 4, 2015

    "Balanced yet intense, ruthless in his need to succeed, always contributing to his team's cause, he is among the finest cricketers Sri Lanka has produced," the late Peter Roebuck, one of the world's greatest cricket writers, once wrote about Kumar Sangakkara. Roebuck was describing the art of Sangakkara. "Kumar Sangakkara...
  • Tamil groups protest outside Salman Khan's Mumbai house over Mahinda Rajapaksa support January 4, 2015

    Mumbai: Tamil parties protested outside Bollywood star Salman Khan's residence in Mumbai on Sunday criticising the actor for campaigning for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Groups of protestors gathered outside the actor's residence and shouted slogans against the Bollywood star. With the police intervening, 10-15 people have been taken into...
  • 2nd Test: Kumar Sangakkara's 203 guides Sri Lanka to 113-run lead January 4, 2015

    Wellington: Kumar Sangakkara posted a majestic 203 - his 11th Test double century - to guide a resurgent Sri Lanka to a 113-run lead over New Zealand at stumps on the second day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Sunday. Sangakkara's double century brought him within one of...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 2 January 3, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day one roundup: Nuwan Pradeep took four for 63 as Sri Lanka dismissed New Zealand for 221 on the opening day of the second Test on Saturday. Sri Lanka claimed New Zealand's last eight wickets for 81 runs after winning the...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka reeling on bowlers' day in Wellington January 3, 2015

    Wellington: Recalled fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep took 4 for 63 as Sri Lanka dismissed New Zealand for 221 on the opening day of the second Test on Saturday as they seek to reassert themself in the two-match series. Sri Lanka claimed New Zealand's last eight wickets for 81 runs after winning...
  • Kumar Sangakkara breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record, fastest to 12,000 Test runs January 3, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara joined an elite group of cricketers on Saturday when he became only the fifth to make 12,000-runs in his career. The 37-year-old Lankan legend reached the milestone in his 224th Test innings, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, both of whom needed 247 innings...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 in Wellington January 3, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) TOSS: Sri Lanka opted to field against New Zealand. Playing XIs: New Zealand: Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (capt), James Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne,...
  • Fast bowler Tim Southee in doubt for 2nd Test against Sri Lanka January 2, 2015

    New Zealand seam bowler Tim Southee is in doubt for the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka, starting Saturday, because of an ankle injury. Captain Brendon McCullum told a news conference on Friday that a decision on Southee's fitness would be left to the morning of the match. If he is...
  • Sri Lanka wait on Rangana Herath fitness for second Test January 2, 2015

    Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is "50-50" to play New Zealand in the second Test at the Basin Reserve, though Sri Lanka will still go into the game keen to play positive, attacking cricket, captain Angelo Mathews has said. The 36-year-old Herath, who was the world leading Test wicket taker in...
  • Forget last year, New Zealand need to keep improving: Brendon McCullum January 2, 2015

    Wellington: Fresh off New Zealand's most successful Test year, captain Brendon McCullum is urging his team to start 2015 in the same fashion when they face Sri Lanka in the second game of their two-match series on Saturday. McCullum's side won five out of their nine Tests in 2014, including their...
  • 2nd Test: New Zealand seek to continue success against Sri Lanka in Wellington January 2, 2015

    New Zealand's eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test of their two-match series has given them an opportunity to start next year as they did this, with a series triumph over a higher-ranked opponent. Brendon McCullum's side are seventh in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) rankings, two places below...