Ajantha Mendis

  • Sri Lanka drop Mendis, retain Dickwella for Pakistan series August 1, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka have dropped spinner Ajantha Mendis and retained wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella for the two-Test series against Pakistan starting next week. Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday announced a 15-member squad which also include seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep, who was part of the squad for the concluded series against South...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • MS Dhoni wary of Sri Lankan spinners in World Twenty20 final April 5, 2014

    Mirpur: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has pointed to Sri Lankan spinners as the ones to watch out for when the two teams clash in the final of the World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. Spinners Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake have done exceptionally well in the tournament...
  • Sri Lanka shoot out Netherlands for record lowest T20I total March 24, 2014

    Chittagong: Sri Lanka shot out a hapless Netherlands for just 39, the lowest ever T20 International innings total, in a Super 10 match of the World Twenty20 with Angelo Mathews and Ajantha Mendis wrecking havoc with three-wicket burst each on Monday. Put into bat, the Netherlands could survive for just 10.3...
  • 'Giantkillers' Afghanistan await Sri Lanka test in Asia Cup March 2, 2014

    Mirpur: After steamrolling Bangladesh for their first major win over a Test-playing nation, giantkillers Afghanistan would look to continue their flirtation with cricketing history when they take on leaders Sri Lanka in their Asia Cup cricket match on Monday. Buoyed by their spirited effort of taming Bangladesh by 32 runs in...
  • Asia Cup: Sangakkara ton snatches win from sloppy India February 28, 2014

    India had a decent-looking 264 for 9 on the board; but four dropped catches, one missed stumping and a sublime Kumar Sangakkara century put Virat Kohli's hopes of winning to bed and allowed Sri Lanka a hard-fought two-wicket win in the Asia Cup encounter on Friday at Fatullah. Sangakkara stayed cool...
  • Ban vs SL, 2nd Test Day 4: as it happened February 7, 2014

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day 3 round-up: Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman hit their maiden centuries to lift Bangladesh to 409 for 8 at stumps on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday. Shakib Al Hasan contributed 50 while...
  • Ban vs SL, 2nd Test Day 1: as it happened February 4, 2014

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Sri Lanka routed Bangladesh by an innings in the first Test at Mirpur and they will look for the same sort of result in the second and final Test in Chittagong. Whether it's batting or bowling, Sri Lanka were clinical...
  • Sri Lanka recall Ajantha Mendis for Bangladesh Tests January 23, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's selectors on Thursday recalled unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis for two Test matches in Bangladesh starting next week after keeping him out of the recent series against Pakistan. Mendis, 28, who bowls both off-spin and leg-breaks with an unusual finger-flicking action, last played a Test during his team's home...
  • Sri Lanka Cricket wants Big Bash stars for national duty January 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has asked two of its three national squad members playing in the ongoing Australian Big Bash to return home immediately. Chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya said he had asked the SLC to summon back Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis in view of the packed schedule ahead...
  • 5th ODI: Dinesh Chandimal earns consolation win for Sri Lanka December 28, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Dinesh Chandimal notched a half century for the first time in 11 months and carried Sri Lanka to a thrilling two-wicket victory over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day international on Friday. Chandimal, who scored his last ODI fifty against Australia in January, made a composed unbeaten 64...
  • Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd T20: As it happened August 4, 2013

    Click here for ball-by-ball commentary of this match. Toss and team news: South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. Sri Lanka have made two changes - Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara replace Jeevan Mendis and Tillakaratne Dilshan while South Africa are unchanged. South Africa won the first Twenty20 match by 12...
  • South Africa win 3rd ODI to stay alive in Sri Lanka series July 26, 2013

    Pallekele, Sri Lanka : David Miller and Lonwabo Tsotsobe played key roles as South Africa stunned hosts Sri Lanka by 56 runs in the third ODI in Pallekele on Friday to stay afloat in the five-match series. Miller plundered a robust 85 not out off 72 balls to steer South...
  • Ajantha Mendis omitted from Sri Lanka's 15-member squad May 2, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Thursday named a 15-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England next month with the selectors continuing to snub spinner Ajantha Mendis. Besides Mendis, batsman Upul Tharanga also failed to find a place in the squad for the June 6-23 tournament. Angelo Mathews, who...
  • Team profile: Inexperienced Pune aim for improved showing April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: After two dubious seasons, Pune Warriors India will be led by a newly appointed captain with an eye on changing the tide in IPL 6. This will be Pune's third year in the cash-rich league after finishing at the bottom of the points table in 2011 and 2012. But...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Day 3 March 10, 2013

    Live updates from day two of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Galle international stadium. Bangladesh 1st innings: End of over 136: Bangladesh 438 for 4 at stumps: it is stumps on Day 3 and the day belonged to Bangladesh completely. Fantastic fight back by Bangladesh led by Ashraful...
  • Aus v SL, 4th ODI: Time running out for struggling Australia January 19, 2013

    Sydney: Sri Lanka are one win away from wrapping up the series against Australia, but much of the talk in home circles is how an Australian 'B team' is in disarray following two sloppy defeats. Michael Clarke's return for the previous match saw Australia bowled out for 74, with...
  • SL pick four spinners for ODIs, T20s vs Aus January 2, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka have picked four specialist spinners to play Australia in the upcoming ODI tri-series as well as T20 internationals. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will be the spearhead along with Ajantha Mendis, Jeewan Mendis and teenager Akila Dhananjaya. The left-handed opener Upul Tharanga returns to the top-order to partner Tillekaratne...
  • Yearender 2012: The best T20I bowling of 2012 December 30, 2012

    From nagging yorkers, asphyxiating lines and blistering pace, we sift through the list and come up with the most memorable Twenty20 international bowling spells of 2012. Umar Gul – 3 for 18, 1st T20I, Dubai Umar Gul remains one of the best Twenty20 bowlers and his skill was on display against England...
  • Jayawardene, Malinga rested for NZ T20 October 25, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lanka cricket selectors on Thursday opted to rest Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga for one-off Twenty20 International, scheduled to be held in Pallekele on October 30, against the touring New Zealand. Both Jayawardene and Malinga are currently playing in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa. Mystery spinner...
  • World Twenty20, WI vs SL, final: As it happened October 7, 2012

    Will this scintillating title victory change the fortunes of West Indies cricket? Well, we've loads of time to ponder over this question but for now let's soak in the thrilling celebration put up by the West Indies team. West Indies players and supporters have erupted. The celebration is led by Dwayne...
  • Mystery spinners crack Twenty20 code October 3, 2012

    Colombo: Modern bats and the crash-bang format of 20-over cricket may suggest otherwise but Ajantha Mendis and fellow practitioners of unorthodox spin bowling have proved they are not in the World Twenty20 just to play cannon-fodder. Field restrictions and the batsman's freedom stemming from the format's brevity make 20-over cricket indubitably...
  • Spinners likely to rule in SL-Pakistan semi-final October 3, 2012

    Colombo: Who best can break the web of spin will determine the winner between host Sri Lanka and 2009 champion Pakistan in a World Twenty20 semi-final at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday. Ajantha Mendis and teenage sensation Akila Dananjaya lead Sri Lanka's hopes when they appear in the capital,...