Sri Lanka

  • BJP ally Vaiko opposes Rajapaksa's presence at PM Modi's swearing-in May 23, 2014

    Chennai: The controversy over the invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on May 26 continues. BJP ally MDMK chief Vaiko has opposed invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa. Vaiko said, "At this juncture if Rajapaksa is invited, whose hands are stained with the blood of...
  • Modi's invitations to South Asian leaders a strong signal: US May 23, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's invitations to the leaders of South Asian countries including Pakistan to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday sends a strong and positive signal, a top American diplomat has said. "I certainly think that having the regional leaders come (for the swearing-in ceremony) is a strong...
  • Pakistan to invite Sri Lanka for a bilateral series May 23, 2014

    Karachi: Six years after a terrorist attack forced Sri Lanka to abandon their tour of Pakistan, the PCB has decided to invite them for a bilateral series. This was announced by newly-reinstated PCB chairman Najam Sethi in a press conference here. Sethi said the decision to send the invitation had been made...
  • Chris Jordan stars as England defeat Sri Lanka by 81 runs (D/L method) May 23, 2014

    Chris Jordan starred with both bat and ball as England set off on the road to next year's World Cup with a an 81-run win over Sri Lanka in a rain-marred one-day international at The Oval on Thursday. The Sussex all-rounder's belligerent 38 not out off just 13 balls propelled England...
  • PCB invites Sri Lanka to play in Pakistan May 22, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan's restored cricket chief Najam Sethi said Thursday that his board is inviting Sri Lanka to play a home series, five years after they survived a terrorist attack. The move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) came two days after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse promised his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon...
  • Jayalalithaa to skip Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony May 22, 2014

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will skip the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister as she is opposed to the invitation sent out to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa. ...
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif further delays his confirmation for Modi's oath taking May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not yet decided whether to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony or not as it is now being reported that a final call on the same would be taken on Friday morning. As Islamabad keeps India waiting, sources close to Nawaz Sharif tell CNN-IBN...
  • Invitation to Lanka for Modi's swearing-in unfortunate: Jayalalithaa May 22, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has called PM-elect Narendra Modi's invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearing in ceremony on Monday unfortunate. Jayalalithaa said that even before the new prime minister and the new government had assumed office and begun functioning, the unfortunate move of...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI at The Oval May 23, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Sri Lanka opt to field against England at The Oval Pre-match: Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu believes his side can derive huge confidence from their Twenty20 win over England. Previous Sri Lankan sides have found early season conditions in England not...
  • England want to 'get going' in the first ODI against Sri Lanka May 22, 2014

    Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu believes his side can derive huge confidence from their Twenty20 win over England ahead of the one-day international series that begins on Thursday. Previous Sri Lankan sides have found early season conditions in England not to their liking but the reigning World Twenty20 champions showed few...
  • Modi should respect Tamil sentiment, avoid invite to Lanka: DMK May 22, 2014

    DMK leader TKS Elangovan said, "He (Narendra Modi) could have avoided when he is becoming the PM. He has the wishes and blessings of the people of India. He should have respected Indian sentiments." ...
  • Sri Lanka buoyed by opening win over England May 22, 2014

    Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu believes his side can derive huge confidence from their Twenty20 win over England ahead of the one-day international and Test matches on the rest of their tour. Previous Sri Lankan sides have found early season conditions in England not to their liking but the reigning World...
  • Alastair Cook keen to 'get going' again May 21, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook is ready to put a difficult tour programme behind him by steering the side to victory over Sri Lanka. Cook's men started the 2014 season with a rain-marred one-day international win away to Scotland in Aberdeen a fortnight ago. But a reminder of their recent struggles against Test...
  • Subramanian Swamy bats for India-Lanka cooperation to counter terrorism May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday called for close cooperation between India and Sri Lanka to counter terrorist activities in the Indian sub-continent. "India must enter into constructive dialogue with Sri Lanka and on counter-terror strategy in the sub-continent particularly in view of the fact that many Pakistani...
  • Eoin Morgan rues Lasith Malinga impact after T20 loss May 21, 2014

    London: Eoin Morgan was left marvelling at the skill of rival captain Lasith Malinga after the Sri Lanka skipper played a key role in the tourists' nine-run Twenty20 international win at The Oval. Malinga, who led the islanders to World Twenty20 glory in Bangladesh earlier this year, had long been...
  • T20I: Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga star in close win over England May 21, 2014

    London: Sri Lanka weathered a belligerent knock of 66 from Alex Hales to beat England by nine runs on Tuesday in their first Twenty20 international since winning the world title last month. Allrounder Thisara Perera smashed 49 off 20 balls to lift the Sri Lankans to 183 for 7 after being...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, Only T20I May 21, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: England won the toss and elected to field Playing XIs: England: Alex Hales, Michael Carberry, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Harry Gurney Sri Lanka: Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan,...
  • England want more T20 heroics against Sri Lanka May 20, 2014

    England will hope history repeats itself when they begin their international programme against Sri Lanka with a lone Twenty20 international at The Oval on Tuesday. One of the few highlights for England during a recent tour programme that saw them surrender the Ashes 5-0 came in March was when Alex Hales'...
  • Lasith Malinga eager to maintain unbeaten run against England May 20, 2014

    London: Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga is looking forward to maintaining his perfect record as captain when his Twenty20 world champions face England in cricket's shortest format at The Oval on Tuesday. Malinga has enjoyed three wins from three matches since replacing the out-of-form Dinesh Chandimal during the ICC World...
  • Sri Lanka 'happy' Jayalalithaa lost clout in New Delhi May 19, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday said that it is pleased that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has lost any bargaining power with the Narendra Modi government because of the majority BJP has on its own in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration was pleased that it could do...
  • Sri Lanka return to winning ways in England May 17, 2014

    London: Sri Lanka secured their first victory on English soil this season with a crushing 128-run win over Kent in a one-day match at Canterbury on Friday. The tourists made 301 for 7 in their full 50 overs after losing the toss, Angelo Mathews top-scoring with 51 in an innings where...
  • Pakistan to play two Tests, 3 ODIs in Sri Lanka May 16, 2014

    Pakistan will play Tests in Galle and Colombo on their tour of Sri Lanka in August, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Friday. The teams will also play three one-day internationals during the short tour, originally not included in Future Tours Programme but was agreed on the sidelines of the International...
  • Alastair Cook sets up Essex win over Sri Lanka May 16, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook's quickfire knock helped ensure Sri Lanka's first match in England ended in defeat. Cook struck 71 on Tuesday as his county Essex made 5-161 in a one-day match reduced by rain to 21 overs per side at Chelmsford. In reply, Sri Lanka - the recently crowned World Twenty20...
  • Dilshan returns to ODIs, named in Sri Lanka's squad for England May 13, 2014

    Opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who missed the recent Asia Cup due to injuries, have been named in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the upcoming five one-day internationals in England. The selectors have picked 13 of the 14 players who featured in the Asia Cup title triumph...
  • Pacer Umar Gul hopes to get complete fitness May 13, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul hopes a month-long summer training camp will help him regain full fitness before the series against Sri Lanka starts in July. Gul underwent knee surgery in Australia last year and skipped the Champions Trophy and Test series against Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Gul seemed...
  • England recall Carberry to Twenty20, one-day squads for SL series May 13, 2014

    London: Michael Carberry was recalled to limited overs duty by England on Tuesday after being named in both the Twenty20 and one-day international squads to play Sri Lanka. England's 13-man Twenty20 squad, captained by Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan in the absence of the injured Stuart Broad for a lone match against...
  • Ireland-Sri Lanka second ODI washed out May 8, 2014

    Dublin: The second one-day international between Ireland and Sri Lanka in Dublin on Thursday was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain. Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Smith took the decision after a 2:00pm local time (1300GMT) inspection, ruling the outfield too wet for any play. It had rained heavily overnight...
  • Angelo Mathews buoyed by Ireland opener May 7, 2014

    Dublin: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews expects his side to improve quickly once they get used to conditions in the British Isles. Speaking after what proved to be a comfortable 79-run victory over Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday, in the first of two one-day internationals before they arrive in England...
  • Stuart Broad out of Sri Lanka ODI series May 7, 2014

    London: Stuart Broad said Tuesday he'd miss England's forthcoming one-day international series with a knee problem but that he hoped to return in time for the subsequent Test campaign. A niggling knee injury has delayed the seam-bowling all-rounder's start to the season, although Broad is eyeing a return to first-class cricket...
  • Ajantha Mendis stars as Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 79 runs May 6, 2014

    Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 79 runs to win the first one-day international at the Clontarf ground in Dublin on Tuesday. After losing the toss, Sri Lanka made 219 for eight in their full 50 overs before dismissing Ireland for just 140 in reply with more than 10 overs to spare. Man-of-the-match...