Archive for January, 2016

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Charith Asalanka leads by Example: Lanka U19 beat Afghanistan

January 31, 2016

Vishal Dikshit, in ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Sri Lanka U-19s cruise on Asalanka’s force”

Afghanistan Under-19s chinaman bowler Zahir Khan had just taken two wickets in the 27th over to put Sri Lanka Under-19s on a precarious 96 for 5. Sri Lanka had lost five wickets for 48 runs and, with Afghanistan looking to run through the remaining wickets, Charith Asalanka took strike against legspinner Rashid Khan, the only player in the ongoing World Cup with international experience.  Asalanka, the Sri Lanka captain, blocked the first ball of the over and then unleashed three fours – a back-foot cut, a delicate leg glance behind square and a cover drive that pierced the off-side field.”I don’t know about him (Rashid Khan),” Asalanka told ESPNcricinfo with an innocent laugh holding his Man-of-the-Match award for his all-round show. “I still didn’t know he’s an international cricketer, only you told me. But I just played the ball. Whoever bowled it, international cricketer or whoever, I just played the ball.”

Charith Asalanka plays a shot

Charith Asalanka plays a shot

Charith Asalanka’s counter-attacking game kept Sri Lanka Under-19s ticking over against Afghanistan Under-19s © International Cricket Council Read the rest of this entry ?

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Reconstituting the Administration of Sri Lanka Cricket on the Cards?

January 29, 2016

Former interim committee chairman Sidath Wettimuny is hopeful that the proposal put forward by some of the interim committee members to change the Sri Lanka Cricket constitution would be implemented soon by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera. “When I handed over a copy of the constitution proposal to the Prime Minister and to the Sports Minister they both accepted that there needs to be a change and showed a keenness for it,” said Wettimuny.

 

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Graham Ford to coach Sri Lanka

January 29, 2016

News Item in http://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/35432733

GRAHAM FORDSurrey head coach Graham Ford is leaving the county to return to the Sri Lanka national team. The 55-year-old South African left his role as Sri Lanka coach in 2014 to take charge at The Oval. In 2015, he led Surrey to promotion from County Championship Division Two and to the final of the One-Day Cup, where they lost to Gloucestershire. “He has played an integral role in the progress that we have achieved,” said director of cricket Alec Stewart. “He has worked tirelessly with the players and his efforts can be seen in their individual performances and the team’s results, culminating in promotion back to the First Division. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka’s T20 Squad for Indian Series

January 28, 2016

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo,

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Bright Prospects for the Near Future of Sri Lankan Cricket

January 28, 2016

Charu Ekanayake

Dasun Shanaka: Who, in my opinion is the best bet for the no. 4 position in the national T20 team in the upcoming world t20. Scored 2 hundreds in the ongoing domestic T20 competition playing for SSC. he is currently the highest scorer in the same tournament with 338 runs at an average of 67 and s/r of 222. I’ve only seen him in action once during his t20 debut against Pakistan, but he barely got a chance to bat in that. Looks to have the ability to clear the fence with 33 sixes to his name in 6 matches.

Minod Bhanuka: A 20-year old wicket keeper batsman (Left hander), represented Sri Lanka in the u19 world cup in 2014. Already knocking on the door for national selection. Has done really when in first class cricket. Recently scored a 300 in the domestic three-day competition — a rare feat for a Lankan player. He also scored a well composed century against the touring West Indies side last year playing for the Board President’s XI.. He has only played 10 FC games thus far, but has an average of 58.50 coming in at no. 3 for SSC Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka U19 beat Canada … but must beware of Afghanistan

January 28, 2016
ICC Under-19 World Cup, 4th Match, Group B: Canada Under-19s v Sri Lanka Under-19s at Sylhet, Jan 28, 2016
Sri Lanka Under-19s 315/6 (50 ov)
Canada Under-19s 119 (39.2 ov)
Sri Lanka Under-19s won by 196 runs
ICC Under-19 World Cup – 4th match, Group B
Played at Sylhet District Stadium (neutral venue)
28 January 2016 (50-over match)
Sri Lanka Under-19s innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WMK Bandara run out (Abraash Khan/†Sivia/Ramdath) 61 131 84 4 0 72.61
View dismissal WIA Fernando lbw b Haseeb 16 42 23 1 0 69.56
View dismissal PHKD Mendis b Haseeb 0 4 4 0 0 0.00
View dismissal KIC Asalanka* c Ramdath b Patel 76 72 69 9 0 110.14
S Ashan not out 74 82 61 3 3 121.31
View dismissal PVR de Silva c Thaker b Abraash Khan 51 52 47 4 1 108.51
View dismissal PWH de Silva c Anantharajah b Ramdath 28 17 13 3 2 215.38
BADN Silva not out 0 1 0 0 0
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 5, nb 1) 9
Total (6 wickets; 50 overs; 202 mins) 315 (6.30 runs per over)
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Nepal surprise Kiwis in the U19 World Cup

January 28, 2016

Mohamed Isam, courtesy of ESPNcriinfo

Dipendra Singh Airee‘s throw from the deep-extra cover boundary struck the stumps on the full, running Dale Phillips out and ending New Zealand’s chase against Nepal. In the previous over, Airee had swung the match for Nepal, dismissing Nigel Smith and Talor Scott. Near the boundary line, where the reserves were standing, Nepal manager Sudeep Sharma was ecstatic. Sudeep was elated that Airee, Nepal’s finisher with the bat and ball, had closed the match out with his fielding. “Airee is a naturally talented, fit and athletic player. He is an attacking batsman who gives us cameos at No 5 or 6 and bowls good yorkers in the death overs,” he said. “Today he threw down the stumps with a direct hit from the sweeper cover boundary, to finish the game.”

 

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