Sri Lanka Cricket Team

Afridi to return to Pakistan from LPL for 'personal emergency'

The former Pakistan captain said he would rejoin the LPL once his situation was resolved
November 28, 2021

Dasun Shanaka, spinners star as Dambulla Viiking topple Colombo Kings

Undana, Russell three-wicket hauls in vain for Angelo Mathews' side
November 27, 2021

Asanka Gurusinha appointed head coach of Nigeria

Former Sri Lanka batsman to also act as the high-performance director while in Nigeria
November 11, 2021

Thisara Perera's whirlwind 97 blows Dambulla Viiking away

He rescued Jaffna Stallions from 64 for 5 to set up a 66-run win
November 27, 2021

Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel hand Kandy Tuskers their second loss

The Viiking eked out a four-run win after rain brought play to an abrupt close in Hambantota
November 24, 2021

ICC makes U-turn, to revisit plan for extra global event in next eight-year cycle

Those reliant on ICC revenue want it, while ones that earn more from bilateral series don't
November 11, 2021
ICC news

Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steven Smith, Joe Root nominated for ICC men's cricketer of the decade award

Kohli is the only men's player who has been nominated for all major awards
November 28, 2021

Dale Steyn joins Kandy Tuskers in LPL

Fast bowler confirmed his signing on Twitter
November 28, 2021

Sony, Sky Sports, PTV buy LPL 2020 broadcast rights

ITN secured local terrestrial rights, with tournament to be broadcast throughout much of South Asia and the UK
November 22, 2021

LPL 2020 - Sohail Tanvir, Canada batsman Ravinderpal Singh test positive for Covid-19

The Colombo Kings player's participation is now contingent on his recovery and signoffs from medical authorities
November 23, 2021

ICC confirms altered points system for World Test Championship

The board also introduced a minimum age restriction for international cricket which will apply across all cricket
November 19, 2021

2022 Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa postponed to February 2023

The major tournaments on the women's calendar for 2022 now include the ODI World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Ashes
November 22, 2021

Nuwan Zoysa found guilty of three offences under ICC anti-corruption code

Zoysa was originally charged in 2018 after his involvement in a T10 tournament organised in the UAE
November 21, 2021

Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga pull out of LPL

The West Indian opener has cited injury, and the Sri Lanka fast bowler inadequate preparation time
November 26, 2021

England plan for full calendar and return of crowds in 2021 home season

Five Tests against India, women's tours by New Zealand and South Africa included in provisional schedule
November 21, 2021

SLC confident of LPL starting on time despite more teething issues

Some franchise owners described the tournament's organisation as "chaotic"
November 27, 2021

FICA wants 'clear global solutions' to tackle contract breaches in sanctioned cricket

Body calls on ICC and its member boards to show "willingness to prioritise and act on" the matter
November 20, 2021

Sri Lankan government gives LPL green light; likely to start on November 27

Players to have seven-day quarantine; new start date may allow PSL players to also play LPL
November 16, 2021

Lankan Premier League: SLC meets with health authorities; more confident of league going ahead

More details expected after upcoming meeting involving Sri Lanka's president
November 18, 2021

Lanka Premier League dates may change, and could be held in Malaysia or UAE

SLC's first preference still is to hold the tournament in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2021

Irfan Pathan signs with Kandy Tuskers in the LPL

The former India allrounder hasn't played competitive T20 cricket since February 2019
November 26, 2021

Sri Lanka set to play two-Test series in South Africa

CSA will also send a security delegation to Pakistan to assess the feasibility of a tour in early 2021
November 24, 2021

Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis among five overseas players to pull out of Lanka Premier League

David Miller, Dawid Malan and Manvinder Bisla are the other three players to have withdrawn
November 14, 2021

Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi among big names taken at LPL draft

Draft conducted online - and with the odd hiccup - ahead of November tournament
November 21, 2021

Lanka Premier League draft - live

Follow the latest updates as teams select players for the inaugural LPL
November 11, 2021

Women's cricket lines up for 2022 Commonwealth Games debut on opening day

The eight-team women's T20 competition will begin on July 29 and will be contested over eight days at Edgbaston
November 28, 2021

Lanka Premier League player draft on October 19, first match on November 21

The player draft will feature 75 overseas cricketers
November 13, 2021

England tour to Sri Lanka - Mickey Arthur 'really positive' fixtures will go ahead

Sri Lanka coach says cricket may as well "wait for a vaccine" if home series cannot be fulfilled
November 13, 2021

England's winter tours: What is the current state of play?

Potential trips to South Africa, Sri Lanka and India remain on the table
November 26, 2021

Legal battle looms as players seek commercial rights protections from ICC

FICA has written to ICC seeking recompense for players' commercial exploitation with ICC partners
November 28, 2021

SLC hopes to become first Full Member to host T10 league with 'commercial' benefits

Eyes 2021 as potential window, with 17 double round-robin league games, followed by knockouts
November 26, 2021

India women to tour Sri Lanka - pending quarantine regulations

The major sticking point may be the 14-day quarantine the Sri Lankan health ministry is likely to impose
November 27, 2021

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka postponed again as disagreement over quarantine continues

Sri Lanka board and health authorities are wary of being blamed for a potential outbreak via the tour
November 24, 2021

Cricket for some, not for all - where does the women's game stand?

As top-level women's cricket resumes this week, what's the state of the game among the major nations after six months of Covid-19 hiatus?
November 29, 2021

Sri Lanka Cricket proposes split quarantine to Bangladesh Cricket Board

The series is now unlikely to start until mid-October with SLC seeking further clarity from the government
November 13, 2021
Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2020-21

BCB president Nazmul Hassan says no to SLC's 14-day quarantine requirement

The two teams are scheduled to play a World Test Championship series in Sri Lanka starting October 23
November 24, 2021

BCB CEO: SLC says Bangladesh need one week quarantine in Sri Lanka

BCB happy to adhere to directives of Sri Lanka's local health authorities
November 21, 2021

Tony Opatha, who led Sri Lanka's rebel tour to South Africa in 1982, dies

He infamously led Sri Lanka's rebel tour to South Africa in 1982-83 as a player-cum-manager
November 24, 2021

Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Munaf Patel among international players in LPL auction

In all, the five franchises will bid for around 150 players with a buying cap of five international players per team
November 24, 2021

Lanka Premier League rescheduled with expectations of reduced quarantine period

The tournament has been planned to be staged in Sooriyawewa, Pallekele and Dambulla
November 16, 2021

Tharanga Paranavitana retires from international cricket

Known as an old-school opener, he played 32 Test matches, scoring 1792 runs including two hundreds
November 21, 2021

ECB chairman Colin Graves says ICC can 'recut the pot'

Adds a fresh finance model needed to keep all countries 'sustantainable'
November 18, 2021

Sri Lanka, UAE among back-up venues for 2021 T20 World Cup

India is due to host the event, but is currently the third-worst-hit country in the world in terms of Covid-19 cases
November 28, 2021

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh three-Test series to begin on October 24

All three matches likely to take place in Colombo; Bangladesh high-performance squad to travel too
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Lanka Premier League postponed until mid-November

With a two-week quarantine period representing a substantial cost for organisers,SLC rethinks timing
November 12, 2021

Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis get big scores as domestic cricket in Sri Lanka resumes

Domestic cricket restarted five months after it was suspended due to Covid-19
November 11, 2021

SLC hopeful LPL can start on August 28 despite Covid-19 hurdles

A major concern is the quarantine period overseas players will be required to undergo upon arrival in Sri Lanka
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Lanka de Silva named Sri Lanka women interim head coach

He will be in charge until the end of the year while SLC searches for a long-term option
November 19, 2021

Bangladesh could tour Sri Lanka for Tests and additional three T20Is in October

The tour will be confirmed only once it gets the necessary approvals from Sri Lankan government and health ministry
November 29, 2021

FICA report: 76% of men's players surveyed are against four-day Tests

Also: more than half of the 277 players polled want more than 10 teams playing the World Cup
November 22, 2021
South Africa news

South Africa's tours of West Indies and Sri Lanka postponed indefinitely

Graeme Smith says South Africa will look to resume playing sometime November onwards
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Sri Lanka Cricket vice-president K Mathivanan quits following allegations of impropriety

After resigning, he alleged that 'the current administration carries out their duties without transparency'
November 25, 2021

Lanka Premier League to start on August 28

Five teams based in Colombo, Kandy, Galle Dambulla and Jaffna will be participating
November 25, 2021
Men's Future Tours Programme

Explainer: Men's ODI World Cup Super League

With a handful of days left for the ODI World Cup Super League, here's all you need to know about it
November 28, 2021

2020 T20 World Cup prospects fade, as alternatives sought

A board official says hosting it this October would be 'too big a risk'
November 26, 2021

Cricketing heads meet to plot way out of crisis

Thursday's ICC meeting starts contingency planning process
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Lasith Malinga indicates he may play on beyond T20 World Cup

'I've played so many T20s around the world that I feel I can manage that period for maybe another two years.'
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2019

Sri Lanka Cricket to reassess security in Pakistan after terror threat

Development follows a warning from the prime minister's office of a possible attack on the team
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2019

Thirimanne, Shanaka to lead Sri Lanka in Pakistan

Gunathilaka and Sandakan make ODI comebacks after missing Bangladesh series; Rajapaksa and Banuka uncapped members in tour party
November 11, 2021

Pakistan tour withdrawal: CPL NOC trouble for Dickwella, Thisara

SLC CEO cites policy of not giving NOCs when there is a national tour for which a player might reasonably be picked,
November 11, 2021

'Why not try it a fourth time?' - how Malinga swung and yorked his way to history, again

The four-in-four - for a second time in his career - aside, the Sri Lanka paceman also became the first to 100 T20I wickets during the game
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Pallekele

Quiz - Has Malinga dismissed him in a hat-trick sequence?

As many as seventeen batsmen have fallen to Lasith Malinga as part of one of his hat-trick sequences in international cricket. Can you tell them apart from the rest?
November 14, 2021

'Just keeps getting better and better' - Reactions to Lasith Malinga's four-in-four

The cricket world pays tribute to Lasith Malinga after his second four-in-four in internationals
November 15, 2021

Four in four - how Lasith Malinga managed the incredible, again

Twelve years after he left South Africa wobbling at the World Cup, not much has changed with Sri Lanka's pace-bowling sensation
November 15, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Pallekele

Malinga's hat-trick in magical 5 for 6 bamboozles New Zealand

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November 24, 2021

Clean-sweep danger looms for Sri Lanka against depleted New Zealand

With the series wrapped up, New Zealand will be looking to seal just their second series clean sweep in a three-match T20I series, and their first away from home
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Pallekele

Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya uncertain for third T20I after on-field collision

The two players sustained knee injuries after colliding on the field in the final over of the second T20I on Tuesday
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd T20I, Pallekele

De Grandhomme, Bruce star as New Zealand clinch thriller

The hosts have swapped out Kasun Rajitha for Lakshan Sandakan, while Tom Bruce has come into the New Zealand side
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd T20I, Pallekele

Spotlight on Sri Lanka's youngsters with series on the line

The relatively modest performances of New Zealand's fringe fast bowlers places them under some scrutiny as well
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st T20I, Pallekele

Taylor, de Grandhomme fireworks trump vintage Malinga

The hosts will field offspinner Akila Dananjaya, despite his action being currently under suspicion by the ICC
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st T20I, Pallekele

Next big limited-overs prize on Sri Lanka and New Zealand's radar as T20s begin

Both teams would be keen to try out fringe players as preparation for next year's T20 World Cup gets underway
November 28, 2021
CPL 2019 news

Tallawahs penalised for slow over-rate against Knight Riders

Lasith Malinga and Beuran Hendricks are set to miss the entire CPL
November 28, 2021

Colin Munro, Scott Kuggeleijn hit form ahead of Sri Lanka T20Is

There will be concern that the rest of the batsmen - notably Martin Guptill who needed 24 balls to make only 22 - had left their work only half done
November 15, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Ajantha Mendis retires from all forms of cricket

The 34-year old last played international cricket in 2015, an ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch
November 11, 2021

Ben Stokes rises to career-best ranking after Headingley blockbuster

As a collective, fast bowlers made the biggest impression in Leeds, North Sound and Colombo in the three World Test Championship games
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval

'Freedom doesn't mean swinging at every ball' - Dimuth Karunaratne

The Sri Lanka captain has been lauded for letting his batsmen play their shots, but after the Colombo defeat he was critical of their lack of patience
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, 5th day

Watling, Southee, Boult star as New Zealand snatch victory in failing light

Sri Lanka need to bat out 91 overs if they are to earn a draw and seal a 1-0 series win
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Colombo, Day 4

Latham, Watling, de Grandhomme power New Zealand's dominance

There is a high likelihood this match could end as a draw, which will break a sequence of 25 consecutive Tests in Sri Lanka that ended with an outright winner.
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, 3rd day

Dhananjaya de Silva is cooler than you

The score was 93 for 4, then 130 for 6. You'd call most centuries from that situation gritty, or tenacious, but not a century from this dude
November 25, 2021

Sri Lanka leave out Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera for New Zealand T20Is

Squad of 15 includes five frontline seamers, led by captain Lasith Malinga, for the series of three matches beginning September 1
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, 3rd day

Tom Latham, Dhananjaya de Silva hundreds headline exciting day

Trent Boult and Tim Southee share seven wickets between them to bowl the home side out before lunch on the third day
November 22, 2021
Pakistan news

Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan for limited-overs series in September

Karachi is set to host three ODIs while three T20Is will be staged in Lahore, marking the first international action in Pakistan in 18 months
November 29, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Colombo, Day 2

Boult, Southee send Sri Lanka tumbling on rain-drenched day

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November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, 1st day

Karunaratne sparkles for Sri Lanka on rain-hit day

New Zealand recalled Colin de Grandhomme in place of Mitchell Santner on a grassy pitch
November 23, 2021
Stats analysis - control factor in Test cricket

Williamson and Karunaratne, two ends of the control spectrum

A deep dive into ESPNcricinfo's data reveals which of the world's top batsmen make the fewest errors, and which ones are the luckiest
November 21, 2021

Karunaratne gives players 'freedom to go and express themselves 100%' - Dickwella

Need to keep 'making good decisions at crunch moments', says the wicketkeeper-batsman as Sri Lanka chase series sweep against New Zealand
November 15, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval

Pace-friendly P Sara in focus as Sri Lanka eye 2-0

The conditions and history rather favour New Zealand at this venue, but then Sri Lanka often make a mockery of the expected narrative
November 16, 2021
New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2019-20

Fernando: Sri Lanka are winning, but it's in spite of the system

From the national coaches' unending job insecurity to a bloated domestic competition, there's a lot that's not right with Sri Lankan cricket. When will this change?
November 20, 2021

Akila Dananjaya risks suspension after being reported for suspect action again

This is the second time the offspinner has been reported in ten months, so if he fails his assessment, he stands to be suspended for a year
November 27, 2021
ICC news

Steven Smith moves to No. 2 in Test rankings for batsmen

Dimuth Karunaratne broke into the top ten after his fourth-innings 122 handed Sri Lanka 60 points in Galle
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle

I had to do it - Dimuth Karunaratne on a special century

The opener said it was important to him that he brought up the match-winning hundred, having not been able to convert his half-centuries since last July
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day

'Thought the wicket would deteriorate more than it did' - Kane Williamson

Having said that, though, the New Zealand captain gave credit to Dimuth Karunaratne for a 'fantastic hundred' in the fourth innings
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle

Dimuth Karunaratne hits 122 as Sri Lanka wrap up record chase in Galle

Sri Lanka's new captain preserved his perfect record after taking over as Sri Lanka won their third consecutive Test under his leadership to go 1-0 up in the two-match series
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day

'We may look pretty today, but it's another day tomorrow' - Rumesh Ratnayake

Sri Lanka's acting coach is wary of the fifth-day wicket but says there is belief as well from the team's successful chases in South Africa
November 26, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2019-20

Sri Lanka mull playing Test cricket in Pakistan

An SLC security delegation to Lahore and Karachi has returned 'very positive' feedback, opening up the possibility of Test cricket returning to Pakistan after a decade
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, stats

Stats - Sri Lanka's opening record, and New Zealand's lower-order resistance

William Somerville is playing only his second Test, but he made his presence felt while batting at No. 9 on the fourth day of the Galle Test
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day

Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne fifties lead Sri Lanka's victory push

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November 27, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

New Zealand happy to set 'anything above 200' - Tom Latham

Niroshan Dickwella, meanwhile, thinks any target under 225 will be achievable
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

BJ Watling leads the way as New Zealand stretch lead to 177

The last three Sri Lanka wickets added a total of 106 to eke out an 18-run lead
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle

Ajaz Patel follows the Herathian template to turn Galle Test

Hanging in and playing the long game as Rangana Herath did helped him succeed in Galle, the New Zealand spinner said
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle

Ajaz Patel's five-for keeps New Zealand in the hunt

Day two's unravelling was the continuation of a collapse that had begun on day one, New Zealand losing their last seven wickets for 78 runs
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle

'The ball spun earlier than expected' - Nicholls

Henry Nicholls has suggested that it was his and Ross Taylor's mental capacity to deal with balls that beat the bat that helped New Zealand recover from three quick wickets
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day

Akila Dananjaya: Resilience, guile, and a bit of elbow grease

Plenty of spinners, particularly those from Sri Lanka, have faded away after remodelling their actions. It's still early days, but Akila Dananjaya seems to be bucking that trend
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day

Ross Taylor keeps New Zealand in the fight after Akila Dananjaya's five-for

Angelo Mathews was back in the XI for Sri Lanka, while Dinesh Chandimal missed out again
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle

England whitewash forced us to rethink plans for New Zealand Tests - Dimuth Karunaratne

The Sri Lanka captain, who expects a batting-friendly pitch in Galle, has warned his spinners of the dangers of 'attacking too much'
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle

New Zealand seek to gain Asian foothold

After their win over Pakistan in UAE, New Zealand have a chance to scale Test rankings' summit if they topple Sri Lanka
November 14, 2021
New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2019-20

Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews return for first Test against New Zealand

Three frontline spinners - Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan and Akila Dananjaya - have been named in the 15-man party
November 14, 2021

Let Williamson eat cake

The fans wanted to indulge him on his 29th birthday. The New Zealand captain ended up indulging fans instead
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka Board President's XI v New Zealanders, 1st Day

Ajaz takes five after Gunathilaka-Samarawickrama push their claims

Both openers hit substantial fifties at rapid pace, while none of the New Zealand pacemen found success on the first day
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka news

SL look to sever ties with Hathurusingha, Rumesh Ratnayake named interim coach

Pressure mounts on Hathurusingha but he has a solid contract that runs up to end of 2020
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Chandimal, Akila, Dilruwan in contention for Test squad

Uncapped batting allrounder Shehan Jayasuriya and fast bowler Asitha Fernando are also among the squad of 22 that will be trimmed to 15 later on
November 20, 2021

'I have a team I can work with' - Karunaratne sees good signs for the future

The search for a new bowling spearhead following Lasith Malinga's retirement, however, could make the team sweat
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Colombo

Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka star as Sri Lanka complete sweep

The home side made four changes to their squad, having already sealed the series in the 2nd ODI
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Colombo

Inept Bangladesh under pressure to avoid clean sweep

As for Sri Lanka, a win here will grow their confidence ahead of the Test series against New Zealand
November 27, 2021
ICC news

FAQs: All you need to know about the 2019-21 World Test Championship

Nine teams will contest a total of 27 bilateral series in the inaugural World Test Championship between 2019 to 2021
November 26, 2021
World Test Championship

FAQs - What happens if World Test Championship final ends in a draw or tie?

We get two winners. Here's everything you need to know about the tournament that will bring new meaning to Test cricket
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Colombo

Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews star as Sri Lanka wrap up series win

Sri Lanka made two changes by including Akila Dananjaya and Isuru Udana for Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera
November 29, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Colombo

Onus on seamers as Sri Lanka eye first home series win in 44 months

Meanwhile, Bangladesh are in danger of losing a fourth consecutive ODI
November 22, 2021

I want our young bowlers to be match-winners - Malinga

"My captains expect me to take wickets. I tried my best all through my career. I hope all the young bowlers do this as well."
November 23, 2021

Proof that Lasith Malinga's still got it

Lasith Malinga was as good as he ever was playing the final ODI of a 15-year career
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Colombo

Lasith Malinga masterclass, Kusal Perera ton seal Sri Lanka win

Mashrafe's forced absence means Shafiul Islam makes an ODI comeback after three years
November 24, 2021

Stats - Lasith Malinga, a colossus of ODI cricket

As Malinga prepares for his final ODI, here are some statistical highlights of a career that spanned over 15 years and four World Cups
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Colombo

Can Sri Lanka give Lasith Malinga a winning send-off?

Bangladesh come into the series as the more settled side despite missing a few big names, but they've never won an ODI at the Premadasa Stadium
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Dickwella, Gunathilaka, Sandakan miss the cut for Bangladesh ODIs

Seamer Lahiru Madushanka also did not a find a place in Sri Lanka's finalised 18-man squad
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Sri Lanka seamer Nuwan Kulasekara retires from international cricket

The 37-year old was an integral part of the Sri Lanka team that won the T20 World Cup in 2014
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka Board President's XI v Bangladesh, warm-up, Colombo

Mithun, Mushfiqur steer Bangladesh home in warm-up

Mohammad Mithun fell nine short of a hundred, while Mushfiqur Rahim struck a 46-ball 50 as Bangladesh handed Sri Lanka Board President's XI a five-wicket defeat
November 24, 2021
Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2019

Malinga to retire from ODIs after first match of Bangladesh series

Sri Lanka will now have to identify their next line of wicket-taking bowlers, which will be their "biggest problem", according to captain Dimuth Karunaratne
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan

Sri Lankan security delegation to decide on Test series in Pakistan

The October matches will be the first Test series for both teams under the World Test championship
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh

Niroshan Dickwella, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan recalled for Bangladesh ODIs

Suranga Lakmal, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardena and Jeffrey Vandersay, who were part of the World Cup squad, have been left out
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Sports minister asks SLC to overhaul national team's coaching staff

It is understood the hefty cost of terminating Hathurusingha's contract has put the board in an uncomfortable situation in recent months
November 26, 2021
World Cup 2019

'Winning three out of seven is almost 50%' - Sri Lanka chief selector on World Cup campaign

Sri Lanka chief selector Ashantha de Mel put a positive spin on the side's World Cup campaign as they returned home
November 20, 2021
Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka

Bangladesh board confirms Sri Lanka tour in late July

Announcement comes following the BCB's monitoring and assessment of the security situation in Sri Lanka
November 21, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Headingley

What's Angelo Mathews' worth? He will remind you

Like a microcosm of a 12-year career, Mathews' 2019 World Cup has been as vexing as they come
November 20, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Headingley

Rohit, Rahul smash centuries; India jump to top of points table

Angelo Mathews' third ODI ton against India came in defeat, while Lasith Malinga ended his World Cup career conceding 82 runs
November 18, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Headingley

Avishka Fernando will be one of the future stars - Dimuth Karunaratne

Kusal Perera and the captain himself have forged a solid combination at the top, giving Sri Lanka more reason to cheer this World Cup
November 25, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Headingley

Last chance for India's middle order to get it right ahead of the knockouts

Sri Lanka have had their moments in this World Cup. Can they sign-off on a high?
November 18, 2021
New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka

New Zealand to kick off their Test Championship in Sri Lanka

Kane Williamson's side will reach Sri Lanka for a series of two Tests and three T20Is in August
November 14, 2021
Kia Super League 2019

Chamari Atapattu replaces injured Sophie Devine at Loughborough Lightning

The franchise stated in a release of Sophie Devine's unavailability without shedding light on the nature of her injury
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

'We were in control but it slipped' - Nicholas Pooran on disappointment of defeat

Nicholas Pooran scored his maiden hundred but was unable to be West Indies' saviour
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Angelo Mathews and the craziest ball of the 2019 World Cup

How did a man who had not bowled a ball in the previous eight months come to be at the top of his mark with Sri Lanka in dire need?
November 19, 2021
Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Avishka Fernando, bowlers hand West Indies another defeat

Nicholas Pooran's century goes in vain as Sri Lanka win dead rubber by 23 runs
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Knocked out SL and WI focus on life after World Cup

Neither team's campaign has gone according to plan and a large part of that is because their batting line-ups have been disappointing
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Cup 2019, Chester-Le-Street

'Middle order doesn't have confidence' - Karunaratne

Sri Lanka captain says they have the skill to 'compete with anyone' but admits they have only performed well in 'certain games'
November 19, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Fernando: Sri Lanka's romance with the World Cup

They said the World Cup was too good for Sri Lanka, but Malinga and co. still flirted with it and then Leeds happened. Will it give Sri Lanka one more chance?
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Du Plessis, Amla, bowlers dent Sri Lanka's semi-final hopes

They put on an unbroken 175-run stand after a collective performance from the seamers restricted Sri Lanka to 203
November 18, 2021

Mahela Jayawardene set to coach Southampton-based side in The Hundred

Shane Bond expected to be assistant to former Sri Lanka batsman at Southern Brave
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Hathurusingha expects Sri Lanka's batsmen to step up

Sri Lanka coach says Mathews' match-winning knock against England has infused a new wave of belief
November 18, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Do South Africa have nothing to lose, or nothing to play for?

JP Duminy, who might replace the injured David Miller, hopes the South Africans play Sri Lanka with freedom, and a smile on their faces
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

With slim hopes alive, Sri Lanka run into their 2019 tormentors

Without the worry of qualifying, South Africa begin the series of long farewells to Amla, Tahir and Duminy from 50-over cricket
November 18, 2021

'On slower wickets, we can beat any team' - Dhananjaya de Silva

Sri Lanka's total seemed sub-par, but a key innings from Angelo Mathews set the tempo for his team in a famous win
November 21, 2021

England's high rollers make their lives unnecessarily complicated with shock Sri Lanka defeat

Dismissals of Moeen Ali and James Vince epitomise a team that can't help but look for the aggressive option
November 20, 2021

'Sri Lanka making the World Cup interesting'

The reactions to Sri Lanka's stunning 20-run win over top-ranked England
November 18, 2021
England v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Headingley

The monster they call Mali

The Sri Lanka fast bowler has been around for years but his magic never seems to fade
November 19, 2021
England v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Headingley

Stats - Lasith Malinga joins McGrath, Murali and Akram

England, meanwhile, don't have history on their side against their next three opponents at this World Cup
November 18, 2021
England v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Leeds

Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews star as Sri Lanka stun England

Ben Stokes threatened a late jailbreak, but Nuwan Pradeep dismissed No. 11 Mark Wood to secure a memorable win for Sri Lanka
November 18, 2021
England v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Leeds

Sri Lanka banking on 'out of the box' methods to stop England's batsmen

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne has told his team to forget about the first half of their World Cup campaign and pick themselves up for the second half
November 21, 2021
England v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Headingley

England have one eye on Sri Lanka, the other on semis

The home team have most of their bases covered and go into the game at Headingley as favourites against Dimuth Karunaratne's men
November 18, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, The Oval

Dysfunction, hope, more dysfunction; Sri Lanka's World Cup rolls on

We used to associate the adjectives 'mercurial' and 'unpredictable' with another Asian team, but it's Sri Lanka who could do better justice to those tags
November 27, 2021

Aaron Finch's statement century gives sense of a corner turned

After his chronic form dip in the Australian summer, captain is back to form ... with the bat if not the coin
November 18, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, The Oval

Aaron Finch and Mitchell Starc headline big Australia win

The opener scored his second World Cup hundred to set base for an imposing total, and the left-arm quick blew Sri Lanka away after they had threatened to make a game of it
November 18, 2021
India A v Sri Lanka A, 5th one-dayer, Hubli

Niroshan Dickwella ton helps Sri Lanka A pull level

The opener struck a 93-ball 111 and was part of a first-wicket partnership of 165 as his side overcame India A's 260-run target
November 20, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, The Oval

Stalled Sri Lanka must stand up to Australia's might

Rain has followed the Sri Lankans around the World Cup but the forecast is better in London, where the main challenge will be their batting
November 14, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, The Oval

'Very unfair' - Sri Lanka complain to ICC about less-than-ideal pitches, training facilities

Ashantha de Mel, the team manager, has written to the governing body, but says he hasn't received a reply yet
November 20, 2021
India A v Sri Lanka A, 5th one-dayer, Hubli

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Anmolpreet Singh sparkle in rain-hit game

The (no) result means India A now have an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series
November 20, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2019 World Cup, Bristol

Steve Rhodes unhappy with ICC's reserve day policy

Bangladesh coach unhappy with ICC's policy for league stages; Karunaratne sees logistical issues
November 18, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2019 World Cup, Bristol

It's all Brizzle drizzle and fizzle as Sri Lanka v Bangladesh is washed out

This is the fifth World Cup being staged in England, and incredibly this one has already witnessed two abandonments (cancellations without toss), the most-ever in a single edition
November 16, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Bristol

Live Report - Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

All the live action and analyses from the Bangladesh v Sri Lanka game
November 16, 2021

Past success could return to haunt Hathurusingha

He is ostensibly head coach of Sri Lanka but, weirdly, it is on the opposition that bears the clearer marks of Hathurusingha's influence
November 18, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Bristol

Sri Lanka batting coach backs Mathews to break out of the funk

Kusal Mendis, too, has started the World Cup with two low scores, but John Lewis says both players are too good not to come right soon
November 20, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, ICC World Cup 2019, Bristol

Bangladesh worry about Shakib Al Hasan, both teams worry about the weather

With some luck going their way, Sri Lanka are better placed on the points table than Bangladesh but that could all change in Bristol
November 17, 2021
World Cup 2019

Nuwan Pradeep ruled out of Bangladesh game after blow to bowling hand

If the fast bowler is forced out of the World Cup, Sri Lanka have a replacement ready in Kasun Rajitha
November 22, 2021
India A v Sri Lanka A, second unofficial ODI, Belgaum

Gaikwad, Gill smash centuries in dominant India A win

The home team knocked off a ten-wicket victory in just 33.3 overs after Sri Lanka A had been restricted thanks to a top-order collapse
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2019 World Cup, Bristol

Farbrace's mantra: Kusal as floater, Mathews at No. 4

Sri Lanka's former coach still believes they have it in them to make an impact this World Cup
November 19, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Bristol

Persistent rain forces Pakistan v Sri Lanka washout in Bristol

The teams split points, which meant Sri Lanka moved to third on the table by virtue of a superior run-rate
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup, Bristol

Sri Lanka warm to their task at last in spite of Brizzle drizzle

Half-fought victory settles the nerves, but a woeful World Cup record against Pakistan doesn't augur well
November 27, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2019 World Cup, Bristol

Struggling Sri Lanka in need of batting lift

Pakistan will be rejuvenated after breaking an 11-match losing streak by beating England
November 18, 2021
India A v Sri Lanka A, first unofficial ODI, Belgaum

Gaikwad smashes 187* to lead India A to victory

Sri Lanka A fall 48 runs short despite Shehan Jayasuriya's century in a shortened game
November 20, 2021
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Lasith Malinga grabs the limelight but Nuwan Pradeep turns the game

Pradeep hailed by his team for keeping them in the contest against Afghanistan
November 19, 2021
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Madness beats joy as Afghanistan miss their big chance against Sri Lanka

Kimber: Afghanistan are one of the greatest things to happen to the game, but they are cricketers who want to win matches
November 14, 2021
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga bowl Sri Lanka to scrappy win

In an error-strewn game, Sri Lanka did just about enough right to secure their first points and hand Afghanistan their second successive defeat
November 22, 2021
Afghanistan v Pakistan, ICC 2019, Cardiff

Live Report - Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo's Live Report of the match between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, live from Cardiff
November 14, 2021

Bowling on borrowed time: How Hamid Hassan and Lasith Malinga are taking it to the death

Two mighty fast bowlers may be past their primes, but their fading glories are still the best on offer to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan
November 25, 2021
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Forward or back: which way for Sri Lanka on shaky ground?

They are low on confidence, their ODI form has hit a terrible trough, and on Tuesday they travel to a bogey venue to meet fearless opponents who have little to lose
November 20, 2021
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Malinga wants Sri Lanka to 'feel the shame of losing'

The senior quick bowler lashes out at his team-mates, says they haven't learnt from their mistakes even as the losses have piled up
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v Afghanistan, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Can improving Afghanistan exploit Sri Lanka's vulnerabilities?

Since the 2015 World Cup, Afghanistan have won more ODIs than Sri Lanka despite playing 22 fewer games
November 27, 2021
India A v Sri Lanka A, 2nd unofficial Test, Hubli

Chahar's all-round efforts secure 2-0 series win for India A

Apart from the allrounder's second-innings performances, KS Bharat and Anmolpreet Singh contributed heavily with the bat
November 21, 2021
World Cup 2019

Adaptability may be key in unpredictable World Cup - Kane Williamson

The New Zealand captain expects a diversity of conditions through the tournament, and says 'there won't be one way to play'
November 28, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

'The problem is in our mind' - Karunaratne blames batsmen after bruising defeat

No reason why we can't win with what we've got, says Sri Lanka captain after ten-wicket loss to New Zealand in World Cup opener
November 17, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson tear up Sri Lanka

New Zealand's demolition of Sri Lanka in Cardiff was a powerful display by a team that always seems to figure at the pointy end of World Cups
November 24, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

As it happened - New Zealand v Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo's live updates and analysis for New Zealand and Sri Lanka's opening game of World Cup 2019
November 18, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2019 World Cup, Cardiff

The undercards descend on Cardiff

Every venue has been injected with a bit of oomph to pull crowds and make some noise, but it's slightly different in rugby country
November 18, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Settled New Zealand take aim at ragtag Sri Lanka

Wicketkeeper Tom Latham has resumed training at full tilt and is set to return from a finger injury
November 18, 2021
World Cup 2019

World Cup 2019 opening party - live

Get in the World Cup mood with updates from the tournament opening party on the Mall
November 18, 2021
India A v Sri Lanka A, 1st four-day game, Belgavi

Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Rahul Chahar lead India A to innings win

Dickwella's century the only bright spot for visitors in three-day loss
November 25, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup warm-up, Southampton

Usman Khawaja's 89 allays injury fears as Australia win

Follow ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the warm-up stage of the 2019 World Cup. If the blog doesn't load, please refresh the page. And oh, enjoy the game!
November 18, 2021
World Cup 2019

'Not the right place for me' - Jayawardene declines SLC World Cup offer

The former captain said Angelo Mathews should have been leading Sri Lanka, but he had to give up because he caved to cricket politics
November 20, 2021
World Cup 2019

'Very tough event for corruptors to come near' - ICC ACU chief

Alex Marshall says he has written to known unscrupulous elements on ACU's radar and warned them they are "not invited" to the World Cup
November 21, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019 warm-up, Cardiff

Du Plessis, Phehlukwayo and Ngidi brush aside Sri Lanka

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November 27, 2021
World Cup 2019

Who will win the World Cup? The captains have their say

Is it England? Or India? Or Australia? Or is there a dark horse lurking?
November 25, 2021
Scotland v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Edinburgh

Dimuth Karunaratne eases self-doubts with composed knock

Having not played ODIs since the 2015 World Cup, Sri Lanka's new captain couldn't have asked for a better initiation again
November 17, 2021
Scotland v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, The Grange

Pradeep leads the way as Sri Lanka break win-less streak

For Scotland, Michael Leask has replaced Richie Berrington, who is out with a broken finger
November 15, 2021
Scotland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Eadinburgh

Persistent rain washes out series opener

After waiting through close to five hours of on and off drizzle, umpire Gregory Brathwaite delivered the news, turning Tuesday's second ODI into a series decider
November 27, 2021
Pakistan news

Pakistan Under-19s' tour of Sri Lanka to begin on May 23

The tour was originally scheduled to begin in early May, but was postponed following the Easter Sunday blasts in Colombo
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka A tour of India 2019

Dananjaya, Sandakan eye 'A' route for national comebacks

Spin bowling pair to be mentored by Piyal Wijetunge on the 'A' tour of India
November 11, 2021
Scotland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Edinburgh

Tune-up time for Sri Lanka ahead of World Cup against Associates on the rise

Sri Lanka arrive in Edinburgh having lost eight straight ODIs and new captain Dimuth Karunaratne must now not only band together a struggling team, but also prove his own worth in the XI
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Gunawardene, Zoysa face corruption charges related to T10 league

The charges against Zoysa largely map on to the charges made by the ICC in October, while this is the first time Gunawardene has been embroiled in corruption allegations
November 11, 2021
Bangladesh news

BCB monitoring security situation before deciding on ODI tour of Sri Lanka

The BCB says it will take advice from various authorities, including SLC, before taking a decision on whether to go ahead with the tour
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Hathurusingha, de Mel 'thrash things out' to work together for World Cup

Ashantha de Mel was appointed as team manager and selector-on-tour for the World Cup and had clashed earlier with the coach over selection choices
November 11, 2021

Kumar Sangakkara named as first non-British President of MCC

Sangakkara's nomination was announced by the current President, Anthony Wreford, at the MCC Annual General Meeting at Lord's
November 11, 2021
Pakistan news

Pakistan's Under-19 tour of Sri Lanka called off

Sri Lanka Cricket says they 'didn't want to take chances' in the wake of the security situation after Colombo blasts
November 29, 2021
Sri Lanka news

'I'll never forget the scene' - Shanaka revisits Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday horror

Young batsman Hasitha Boyagoda also had a narrow escape - he was at the Colombo hotel with his family where one of the blasts took place
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Thirimanne, Siriwardana, Vandersay picked in World Cup squad

Not selected, meanwhile, are wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, offspinner Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga, as well as Dinesh Chandimal
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Karunaratne to captain Sri Lanka at World Cup

It is a left-field choice though considering the opener has not played any ODIs since the last World Cup
November 25, 2021
Colombo v Galle, Super Four Provincial Limited-Over Tournament, Dambulla

Lahiru Thirimanne stakes World Cup claim with 115 in one-day final

The second half of the final was washed out, denying the selectors a proper look at the fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Former Sri Lanka allrounder Dilhara Lokuhettige faces fresh corruption charges

The ACU's allegations are generally in line with the charges Lokuhettige had already received from the Emirates Cricket Board in November
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Dimuth Karunaratne fined $7500 by SLC following drink driving incident

SLC hopes the hefty fine will send a "strong message" to the rest of the players regarding such behaviour
November 11, 2021
World Cup 2019

Decision time - how are World Cup squads stacking up?

Injury concerns, big calls, wildcard selections. World Cup squads need to be named by April 23 so here's a rundown of how the teams stand.
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Lankan Premier League revival in the works - SLC secretary Mohan De Silva

Administrative instability led to the cancellation of the T20 tournament last year, but the board is set to revive it, with September 8-28 tentatively set aside for it
November 11, 2021
Test rankings

Virat Kohli credits 'a lot of depth' in squad as India retain Test Championship Mace

Virat Kohli's team held an eight-point lead at the top of the ICC Test rankings on the cut-off date of April 1
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka news

'Utterly unbecoming of a Sri Lankan national cricketer' - Karunaratne on drink driving incident

He was arrested for drink driving in Colombo on Sunday morning after he was involved in an accident that put the driver of a three-wheeler in hospital
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Dimuth Karunaratne arrested over drink driving after injuring a motorist

Karunaratne, Sri Lanka's Test captain, was granted bail, having been taken into custody at roughly 5:40am Sri Lanka time on Sunday morning
November 11, 2021
England women in Sri Lanka

Dominant batting sets up England women's 3-0 series whitewash

Wyatt and Jones lead the line as England seal 96-run victory in final match of tour
November 25, 2021
IPL 2019

Lasith Malinga made available to Mumbai Indians after SLC change of heart

Paceman has been allowed to skip domestic one-day tournament to "play with much stronger opposition" in India
November 19, 2021
England women in Sri Lanka

Amy Jones, Danni Wyatt guide England women to T20I series win

England's women made it five wins out of five on their tour of Sri Lanka, after easing to another untroubled eight-wicket win
November 25, 2021
IPL 2019

SLC softens stance, Lasith Malinga likely to be available for Mumbai Indians' next two games

The paceman will then go back to play a domestic one-day tournament in a bid to get into the World Cup squad before returning to India
November 20, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Johannesburg

SA complete 3-0 sweep after big DLS win

Sri Lanka won the toss in Johannesburg and chose to bat first on their last opportunity to claim a limited-overs victory on this tour
November 28, 2021

Bowlers set England up for resounding T20I win over Sri Lanka women

Freya Davies takes wickets on debut as Anya Shrubsole, Tammy Beaumont pass milestones
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Lasith Malinga to retire after 2020 T20 World Cup

The 35-year-old fast bowler might quit ODIs after the World Cup this year too
November 11, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Johannesburg

Can Sri Lanka find elusive win in tour-ending dead rubber?

South Africa could look to give Sinethemba Qeshile a bigger role with the bat in the final match of their home season
November 28, 2021
IPL 2019 news

Malinga to miss Mumbai Indians' first six IPL matches

As he is out for over a third of the season, Malinga himself suggested Mumbai may be better off replacing him for the entire tournament
November 19, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Centurion

Isuru Udana's 48-ball 84* in vain as South Africa clinch series

Aiden Markram is also playing his first T20I while Sri Lanka have gone in with an unchanged XI for this must-win game
November 21, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Centurion

Sri Lanka look to hit back as South Africa rest key players

JP Duminy will lead a home side that will be without Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and Quinton de Kock
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka in South Africa 2019

Could not have detected floodlight failure pre-match - Newlands management

Western Province Cricket Association chief executive was confident the problem had been resolved and would not affect the T20I
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Cape Town

South Africa nearly choke, but Tahir rescues them in Super Over

Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje were not considered since they were nursing injuries leading up to the contest
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I

Focus remains on World Cup as T20Is start

A side strain to Ngidi might mean Steyn returns for South Africa, while Sri Lanka continue to search for a combination that delivers results
November 20, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Cape Town

South Africa complete 5-0 sweep after DLS win

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, brought in Angelo Perera and Akila Dananjaya for Kamindu Mendis and Kasun Rajitha
November 21, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth

South Africa go 4-0 up as de Kock, Nortje reign supreme

South Africa left out Rassie van der Dussen, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and Dwayne Pretorius for the 4th ODI
November 23, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth

Can Sri Lanka snap their losing streak in ODIs?

South Africa no longer have the pressure of winning the series upon them, and are free to experiment ahead of the World Cup
November 12, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Durban

SA take series as De Kock sets up big D/L win

South Africa made two changes, bringing in Dwaine Pretorius for Wiaan Mulder and Tabraiz Shamsi for Anjrich Nortje
November 24, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI

Sri Lanka hope for turnaround as South Africa look to sew up series

Opportunity for players like Reeza Hendricks and Wiaan Mulder to make strong cases for inclusion in World Cup squad
November 27, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Centurion

Rabada, Ngidi, Nortje save South Africa after batting collapse

Avishka Fernando was recalled for his first international match since August 2016, while Andile Phehlukwayo came into the South Africa XI in place of Dwaine Pretorius
November 27, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Centurion

SA continue search for best XI as SL look to end ODI rut

South Africa may have won the first ODI, but at this point, results are almost secondary to the goal of identifying who the best limited-overs cricketers in the country are
November 27, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Johannesburg

Tahir, du Plessis, de Kock headline dominant win for South Africa

Sri Lanka hand debut to top-order batsman Oshada Fernando, while Lungi Ngidi and Akila Dananjaya make ODI returns for their respective teams
November 21, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Johannesburg

Can confident Sri Lanka spring another surprise on wounded South Africa?

While the visitors will be eyeing their first limited-overs series win here, this would be South Africa's last chance to try and figure out their World Cup XI
November 25, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day

Sri Lanka rediscover the taste of freedom

Before this tour, the team was in the constricting grip of fear. Then they hatched a plan, and threw away the shackles
November 25, 2021

Glory against all odds - six times the underdogs had all the fun

India's triumph in the 1983 World Cup, South Africa's ambush of England in 1905-06, Sri Lanka's other fairy tale and more
November 12, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day

Rude end to South Africa's seven series home streak

South Africa had won seven consecutive home series until this 2-0 whitewash
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 2018-19

Sri Lanka go where no Asian team have gone before

Cricket world lauds Sri Lanka as they become only the third team in history, and the first from Asia, to win a Test series in South Africa
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 2nd day

Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando lead Sri Lanka to historic series win

They put on an unbroken 163-run stand to ensure Sri Lanka became the first Asian side to win a Test series in South Africa
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 2nd day

No bluster, no aura, only Suranga

Lakmal might not be a rockstar with the stereotypical fast bowler's attitude, but his old-fashioned virtues have lately earned him rockstar returns
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 2nd day

Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva set up exciting finish

That Sri Lanka passed three figures was down to sparkling cameos from Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera
November 25, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 1st day

Embuldeniya set for surgery after thumb dislocation

The injury is serious enough that the left-arm spinner is expected to take six weeks to recover fully
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 1st day

SA rally after Vishwa, Rajitha brilliance

Kusal Mendis, who had rolled his ankle at training, was cleared to play the second Test
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

History beckons for Sri Lanka's miracle men

No Asian team has won a Test series in South Africa, and doing so will require overcoming the wounded hosts and a grassy surface at St George's Park
November 20, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

Karunaratne happy with Sri Lanka's preparation against short bowling

The preparations in the lead-up to the Durban Test and their consequent performance there has given his side a lift, says Sri Lanak's captain
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 4th day

Kusal Perera bats with body, heart and soul in innings of a lifetime

Against one of Test cricket's most fearsome attacks on home soil, Sri Lanka's No. 5 stood up for his embattled team
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 4th day

Du Plessis on Durban drama: 'This is what Test cricket should be'

The South Africa captain heaped praise on Kusal Perera, saying he was "just too good" for them
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 4th day

Perera and Fernando, the highest last-wicket stand in a successful chase

Meanwhile, the curse of Durban strikes South Africa again. They've now lost seven out of nine Tests there
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 4th day

'It's the best Test I've played for Sri Lanka' - Kusal Perera after match-winning 153*

Both Sri Lanka captain Karunaratne and South Africa captain du Plessis shower the Durban hero with effusive praise
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 4th day

Kusal Perera's epic 153* leads Sri Lanka to record-breaking vctory

Dale Steyn's double strike had reduced the visitors to 110 for 5, but Kusal and Dhananjaya de Silva took Sri Lanka to lunch at 166 for 5
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 3rd day

Lasith Embuldeniya fills empty apartment

He has occupied one of the several vacancies in the Sri Lanka XI - that of a match-winning spinner - but can he find a way past a system that has ruined such young talents before?
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 3rd day

Du Plessis, bowlers give South Africa vice-like grip

South Africa added 101 for the loss of de Kock, but there's already a sense of inevitability to the Test
November 28, 2021
South Africa women v Sri Lanka women, 2nd ODI, Potchefstroom

Kapp, Wolvaardt, Goodall rampage help SA clinch series

Sri Lanka lost eight wickets for 63 runs, after a 110-run second-wicket stand, and their captain Chamari Atapattu's 94 was in vain as South Africa defended 262 in revised chase
November 26, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban

Keshav Maharaj's progress stalls as South Africa settle for pace prowess

Success in familiar conditions is all very well, but World Test Championship hopes may rest on spin attack
November 27, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 2nd day

Steyn's for-four helps South Africa extend advantage

Sri Lanka lost 5 for 80 in a session where they burnt a review, failed to use one when they needed to and played poor shots overall
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban

Sri Lanka's green seamers 'caught us off guard', admits Quinton de Kock

Fernando and Rajitha claimed 7 for 130 on day one in Durban, despite only having seven Tests between them
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban

Vishwa Fernando's success despite the system, not because of it

The left-arm pacer had to bowl 17 overs on the first day, having bowled less than six overs in an innings in the first-class season in Sri Lanka
November 26, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 1st day

DRS 15-second rule in spotlight as Sri Lanka miss out on a wicket

Umpire Dar turned down their appeal for lbw on the basis that they had taken too long to ask for it. But the commentators suggested that only 13 seconds had elapsed
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban, 1st day

Inexperienced Sri Lankan attack lands early punches

Sri Lanka handed debuts to Oshada Fernando and Lasith Embuldeniya
November 28, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Durban

Sri Lanka have more than just pace to fret over

South Africa are playing at their least-favourite Test venue at home, but it may not matter against a team in crisis
November 28, 2021
South Africa news

Du Plessis wants luxury of four pacers and spin at home

South Africa captain faced with a tough call over Dale Steyn's inclusion
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2018-19

Karunaratne confident Sri Lanka can 'find a way' to score runs in South Africa

The newly installed captain wants his team to capitalise on their previous experiences of touring South Africa
November 28, 2021
South Africa women v Sri Lanka women, 1st ODI, Potchefstroom

Dane van Niekerk's maiden ODI hundred gives South Africa tight win

The captain also took 2 for 26 as Sri Lanka women's chase fell seven runs short
November 15, 2021
South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Centurion

Sune Luus' all-round efforts complete South Africa's 3-0 sweep

Dane van Niekerk, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk and Shabnim Ismail also played their part in overwhelming Sri Lanka by 39 runs
November 28, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Chandimal worried by Sri Lanka's batting as another pace barrage looms

The captain himself failed to deliver in Australia and could only pick out Sri Lanka's slip catching as the single positive from two heavy defeats
November 26, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Starc's ten-for powers Australia towards crushing victory

Starc was not quite as quick as he had been in the first innings but having already roughed most Sri Lanka batsmen up, he was no less fearsome
November 27, 2021
South Africa women v Sri Lanka women, 2nd T20I, Johannesburg

Sune Luus five-for lifts South Africa to thrilling series win

The hosts held their nerve in the 105-run chase to seal the T20I series against Sri Lanka with a tight win at the Wanderers
November 27, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra, 3rd day

Ratnayake confident of Kusal's fitness for second innings

Sri Lanka fast-bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake admitted it was rare to see so many instances of batsmen being hit on the helmet in one match
November 27, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Starc's five and Khawaja's ton leave Sri Lanka on the ropes

Sri Lanka succumbed to both spin and fearsome short-pitched barrage from Australia's quicks on the third morning
November 27, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Kusal Perera forced to retire hurt after bouncer blow

Batting on 27 in the 53rd over, Kusal took his eyes off a Jhye Richardson bouncer, and essentially ducked into it
November 28, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra, 2nd day

Dimuth Karunaratne cleared to bat again after being discharged from hospital

Although clearly in immense discomfort, it is generally believed to be a good sign that Dimuth was conscious throughout the episode
November 27, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Australia strike late blows after Dimuth Karunaratne injury scare

Joe Burns fell for 180 early on the second day but Sri Lanka couldn't make any further inroads
November 26, 2021
World Cup 2019

India to play New Zealand and Bangladesh in 2019 World Cup warm-ups

The ten participating teams will play two warm-ups each
November 27, 2021
South Africa women v Sri Lanka women, 1st T20I, Cape Town

Van Niekerk's three-for and half-century demolishes Sri Lanka

Her three-wicket haul restricted Sri Lanka to a sub-100 score before the SA batsmen chased down the 95 target with over 30 deliveries to spare
November 28, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra, 1st day

Australia end their century drought

The 308-run partnership between Joe Burns and Travis Head, meanwhile, was Australia's biggest against Sri Lanka for any wicket
November 27, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra, 1st day

Slippery fingers aggravate Sri Lanka's torrid day

After a bright start, the rawness of the visitors' pace attack was exposed on a shoulda-woulda-coulda sorta day on which four catches went down
November 25, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Australia hunt Test solace against crisis-hit Sri Lanka

The home side will take in an unchanged XI as they look to end the season with a 2-0 series win against a Sri Lanka battling injury and off-field distractions
November 27, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Doubts over Lakmal add to Sri Lanka's headaches

Sri Lanka only have four pace bowlers in their squad and will be keeping their fingers crossed over their senior quick
November 11, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Depleted Sri Lanka left hoping for batting-friendly Canberra track

Having had their bowling stocks severely depleted over the past two weeks, Sri Lanka's bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake hopes the conditions allow batsmen to take some of the pressure off the bowlers
November 11, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day

Sri Lanka flunk the Gabba examination

It was always going to be a tough ask on the type of surface the Australians have dreamed of all season, but it was still disappointing that the visitors capitulated twice
November 27, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day

Lahiru Kumara ruled out of Canberra Test, South Africa tour

The news is a serious blow to Sri Lanka's chances in the next Test, and the consequences of this hamstring injury may also be keenly felt in South Africa
November 29, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day

Pat Cummins' career-best fashions Australia's innings win

Jhye Richardson's wicket off the session's penultimate over means Sri Lanka have their last recognised batting pair in the middle
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka in Australia 2018-19

Gabba five-for a 'dream come true' for Suranga Lakmal

Senior paceman was forced to shoulder additional responsibility following the injury to Lahiru Kumara
November 26, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day

Labuschagne, Head hit 80s as Australia stamp their authority

After losing Marcus Harris and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon early, Australia's fifth-wicket stand of 77 has taken them past Sri Lanka's 144
November 26, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day

Debutant Richardson makes himself at home

Australia's bowling attack at home has not had many changes in the recent past, but Jhye Richardson's successful debut can bring in longer-term gains for the side
November 27, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day

Cummins and Richardson bring back Australia's cheer

The visiting side went with six batsmen and four bowlers, with only the single spinner in Dilruwan Perera
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 2018-19

Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson to debut as teams seek turnaround

Both teams have concerns with their batting, and are coming into the two-Test series on the back of poor recent records
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka in Australia 2019

Paine eyes short-ball offensive, Chandimal a 'miracle'

Tim Paine hinted that Australia wouldn't hold back on the bouncer with his view that it was underused against India, but with their top six shuffled again, Sri Lanka may be in with a chance
November 26, 2021
Cricket Australia XI vs Sri Lankans, tour match, Hobart, 3rd day

Kurtis Patterson and Jon Holland shine on another disappointing day for Sri Lankans

The visiting batsmen ended without a half-century between them in either innings, after Kurtis Patterson smacked his second unbeaten hundred of the match
November 26, 2021
CA XI v Sri Lankans, tour match, 2nd day

Solid outing for Labuschagne as Sri Lanka's batting stutters

The legspinning allrounder contributed well with both bat and ball, even as other Test picks had middling outings
November 26, 2021
Cricket Australia XI v Sri Lankans, Tour match, Hobart

Relief for Sri Lanka as Mendis cleared of serious injury

The batsman was struck on the hand while fielding at short leg in Hobart and will have an x-ray on Friday but the Sri Lankans felt the signs were promising
November 28, 2021

Test picks falter as Patterson, Doran slam centuries against Sri Lankans

Dushmantha Chameera impresses, but centuries from Kurtis Patterson and Jake Doran take CA XI to 5 for 316 on first day of tour game
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, only T20I, Auckland

'Batsmen still haven't understood the value of finishing a match' - Malinga

The Sri Lanka captain wanted his team to show character in the middle, and not sit back satisfied merely by good starts - with bat or ball
November 17, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, only T20I, Auckland

'Frustrating to not have shown my abilities at international level' - Bracewell

Having watched from the sidelines during the ODI series, the allrounder came good in the lone T20I against Sri Lanka with bat and ball
November 16, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, only T20I, Auckland

Bracewell, Kuggeleijn, Ferguson end SL's winless tour

Scott Kuggeleijn handed T20I debut for New Zealand, Doug Bracewell also gets a go while Mitchell Santner returns from injury
November 24, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, only T20I, Auckland

Final chance for Malinga's SL to break New-Zealand tour rut

Tim Southee will be leading New Zealand in Kane Williamson's absence as Sri Lanka look to finish the tour on a high
November 27, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, only T20I, Auckland

We should never have dropped so quickly in T20s - Lasith Malinga

With Sri Lanka having slipped to ninth on the T20I rankings, this will be the first time they'll not gain direct qualification into the T20 World Cup
November 13, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Nelson

Taylor, Nicholls centuries seal 3-0 sweep

Ferguson returns for New Zealand, while Sri Lanka bring in Shanaka, Dhananjaya and Chameera for third ODI
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Nelson

New Zealand's chance to experiment with series in the bag

Sri Lanka's weaknesses have been their attack's toothlessness through the middle overs and a frail middle order. Can they fix those issues?
November 12, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mount Maunganui

New Zealand pull off narrow win after Thisara Perera's 140

Sri Lanka went in with an unchanged side from the first ODI
November 19, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mount Maunganui

Settled New Zealand need only fine-tuning ahead of second ODI

Sri Lanka will take heart from their batting in the first match, but they need wholesale changes if they hope to be contenders at the World Cup
November 12, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Mount Maunganui

Guptill, Neesham put New Zealand 1-0 up after 45-run win

Sri Lanka left out Dhananjaya de Silva despite some decent performances against England in October and November
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Munt Maunganui

Seifert set to debut as Sri Lanka, NZ turn attention to World Cup

Under a new leader, Sri Lanka will look to make amends after losing 75% of all their ODIs since 2017
November 11, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Munt Maunganui

Retirement of greats no excuse for poor ODI record - Malinga

The newest Sri Lanka captain says that the time to rebuild is over, with the 2019 World Cup looming
November 11, 2021
Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Canberra

Burns and Head hundreds end Australia's barren spell and flay toothless Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have been forced to entirely change their pace attack after a string of injuries
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch

Chandimal pleased with SL's 2018 despite 'big areas for improvement'

Despite losing four of their lost five Tests, Sri Lanka won away series against Bangladesh and West Indies, as well as a home series against South Africa
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Injured Angelo Mathews almost certain to miss Australia tour

The allrounder has been ruled out of the limited-overs leg of the New Zealand tour and faces up to four weeks on the sidelines, according to the physio
November 28, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 5th day

Wagner, Boult bowl New Zealand to record win

New Zealand required only 14 deliveries on the final day to clinch a series win that took the to No. 3 in the Test rankings
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch

'I am going to try and get 1000 every year' - Mendis

Jeevan Mendis was a "really happy" man after becoming the youngest batsman since 2005 to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year
November 28, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 4th day

Mathews sent for scans after hamstring trouble

He didn't return to bat after tea on the fourth day with Sri Lanka facing a fight to save the Test and the series
November 20, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 4th day

Wagner burst leaves Sri Lanka on the brink

The duo played out a wicketless session before lunch on day four, suggesting Sri Lanka will not accept defeat meekly
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 3rd day

NZ build towards future-proof batting order

With Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls complementing Kane Williamson's successful Test year, and a settled core beginning to emerge, New Zealand are laying the foundation of a future-proof batting order
November 24, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 3rd day

Latham, Nicholls tons give New Zealand firm grip

The opener completed his eighth Test hundred, taking his series tally to 392, as Sri Lanka could pick only one wicket before lunch on the third day
November 24, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 2nd day

Samaraweera points to Sri Lanka's batting gains on day of losses

Sri Lanka's outgoing batting coach spoke of the numbers which suggest that, under him, their top order has made significant gains
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 2nd day

Six wickets, four runs, 15 balls: when Boult wrecked Sri Lanka

With a 20-minute spell of phenomenal late swing, the left-arm quick sent Sri Lanka crashing to 104 all out
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 2nd day

Boult's 6 for 4 studs New Zealand's dominance

Boult had Sri Lanka plunge from 94 for 4 to 104 all out to give New Zealand what could be a decisive 74-run lead in Christchurch
November 21, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch

Overlooked Lakmal rediscovers his fire

In Sri Lanka, he is relentlessly looked down by the spinners, banished to some corner of the field. In Christchurch, Suranga Lakmal was a different beast
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 1st day

Southee helps New Zealand hit back on 14-wicket day

The visitors left out Dhananjaya de Silva and Kasun Rajitha, while New Zealand opted for an unchanged XI
November 11, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch

Can Sri Lanka continue to impress on green Christchurch pitch?

The visitors' batsmen made big gains in Wellington, but can they defy New Zealand's quicks in spicier conditions at the Hagley Oval?
November 14, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Christchurch

'Christchurch century in 2014 taught me what Test cricket was about' - Dimuth Karunaratne

Likely to finish 2018 as the leading run-scorer among openers, Dimuth Karunaratne talks about his preparations for the final Test of the year, at Hagley Oval
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 5th day

Kusal Mendis the dasher turns into Thilan Samaraweera clone

Usually an unrepentant strokemaker, Sri Lanka's No. 4 overturned his batting style to block his way to an outstanding match-saving hundred
November 19, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 5th day

Rain completes Mathews and Mendis' epic rescue

Sri Lanka unscatched in the 12 overs that was possible before lunch to raise hopes of walking away with a hard-fought draw
November 23, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 4th day

Kusal Mendis eyes double-ton as mentor Samaraweera's send-off gift

Sri Lanka batting coach Thilan Samaraweera will exit the role at the end of this series, and Kusal Mendis is keen on fulfilling his wish
November 27, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 4th day

When I saw Angie get hit, I thought there's no way I'm getting out - Mendis

Sometimes guilty of playing attractive but insubstantial innings, Mendis partnered a steadfast Mathews for the entirety of day four in Wellington
November 27, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 4th day

Records galore for Mathews and Mendis

For the first time in more than ten years, no wicket fell in an entire day of Test cricket
November 24, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 4th day

Mathews makes a statement with push-ups celebration

Gesture possibly directed towards head coach who left him out of the limited-overs setup on fitness grounds
November 28, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 4th day

Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews bat all day to give Sri Lanka hope

The duo quelled New Zealand's short-pitched bowling, strongly suggesting that as far as Sri Lanka were concerned, the match isn't lost yet
November 12, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 3rd day

We didn't bowl the right lengths consistently - SL bowling coach Ratnayake

Sri Lanka's frontline quicks looked ordinary as a unit, taking 5 for 359 between them as New Zealand claimed total control of the first Test
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 3rd day

Tom Latham registers highest individual score while carrying bat

The batsman also put on the highest individual Test score of 2018 so far
November 22, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 3rd day

Sri Lanka collapse against pace after Tom Latham's 264*

Their unbroken 91-run partnership has stretched New Zealand's lead to 121 with seven wickets in hand
November 11, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 2nd day

Tom Latham, Kane Williamson grind Sri Lanka on batting day

Held back till the 16th over, the 21-year old dismissed Raval after New Zealand's solid pursuit of Sri Lanka's 283
November 27, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 1st day

The enigma of Niroshan Dickwella

There may be times when Dickwella's flame burns a little too hot, and his own team are singed, but on day one of a tough overseas tour, he kept the darkness at bay for Sri Lanka
November 26, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington, 1st day

Niroshan Dickwella leads Sri Lanka rearguard after Tim Southee's five-for

Sri Lanka prefer 3-1 combination in their bowling department as they look to begin series positively after a whitewash at home against England
November 11, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington

Fast bowlers give Sri Lanka hope against upbeat New Zealand

The hosts have already named their XI, with Neil Wagner returning to a bowling attack containing Ajaz Patel as its lone spinner
November 12, 2021
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Wellington

Need our seamers to attack NZ batsmen - Chandimal

The Sri Lanka captain acknowledged that the team's best chance lies in going aggressively at New Zealand with the ball
November 11, 2021
New Zealand XI v Sri Lankans, Tour Match, Napier

Mathews, Gunathilaka, Mendis among runs in drawn encounter

Danushka Gunathilaka found form with a dominant display at the top of the order, as the three-day warm-up match against New Zealand XI petered to a draw in Napier
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Rare overseas victory marks the true arrival of Joe Root's Test team

Captain takes pride in watching his side grow, and singles out Ben Stokes for particular praise
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Kusal Mendis run-out 'best moment of my career' - Jack Leach

Jack Leach finished the series as England's equal-leading wicket-taker but it was the moment of brilliance in the field that gave him most pleasure.
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

'We're not one-trick ponies any more', says Joe Root after overseas triumph

Captain takes pride in watching his side grow, and singles out Ben Stokes for particular praise
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo

A century of wickets for spinners

Plus, Moeen equals Anderson as England's go-to man for the fourth innings. All the stats from England's series win in Sri Lanka
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

'Stokes the difference in last two Tests' - Hathurusingha

Sri Lanka coach terms series 'closely fought' despite whitewash; rues lack of hundreds from his batsmen
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Bayliss reserves judgment on Burns and Jennings as England are challenged to improve further

Test team remains far from the finished article, in spite of 'great result', says head coach
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Jack Leach, Moeen Ali share eight as England seal series sweep

Sri Lanka's sixth-wicket pair lift their side's spirits after loss of nightwatchman on fourth morning
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Lakshan Sandakan overstepping came from 'trying too hard' - SL bowling coach

Sri Lanka spin-bowling coach Piyal Wijetunge suggested the front-foot no-balls delivered by Lakshan Sandakan were "something new for us"
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Inglorious batting keeps Dilruwan Perera incognito once again

Dilruwan Perera claimed another five-wicket haul to cap a successful series with the ball - not that you'd know it
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Jos Buttler 'at peace' with the prospect of failure as positive footwork pays off for England

England batsman happy to be dismissed taking the attacking option after producing another crucial fifty
November 17, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Lakshan Sandakan no-balls sum up SL day as England close on 3-0

Sri Lanka collapsed like an origami skyscraper in a Godzilla attack, losing seven wickets in the space of 53 runs after tea, and 8 for 67 overall
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Adil Rashid thrives on England's new licence to thrill

Attacking legspin, allied to an attacking fast bowler, and even an attacking short-leg fielder. There's much to admire as England's Test team finds its bearings
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Taking the wrong option at wrong time cost us - de Silva

Sri Lanka's No. 3 also said they wouldn't have crashed if they had played to a better plan
November 15, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

'My job is to make things happen' - Adil Rashid on his five-wicket haul

Legspinner's haul of 5 for 49 in 13.5 overs tore Sri Lanka's innings apart in the hour after tea on the second day
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Keaton Jennings puts his body on the line once more at short leg

Bravery and anticipation to the fore as England reap the rewards of close attention to close catching
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Rashid, Stokes send Sri Lanka crumbling after tea

Sri Lanka needed only 28 deliveries to claim the three remaining England wickets on the second morning
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo, 1st day

Jonny Bairstow proves his point to carry England with brilliant hundred

Joe Root won his eighth successive toss in Test cricket as England seek their first ever whitewash against Sri Lanka
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo

Sri Lanka seek confidence, England a whitewash

England have announced their XI and Sri Lanka could also make a couple of changes as they seek a consolation win
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo

'Broad and Anderson still have huge roles to play for England' - Joe Root

England need to savour the experience of Stuart Broad and James Anderson for as long as they can, says captain
November 15, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo

Lucky tossers or worthy challengers? Are England really ready to bid for No.1?

Joe Root's men are in sight of a memorable series whitewash in Sri Lanka, but can their recent failings be forgotten that quickly?
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Colombo

'We could learn from England's batting,' admits Suranga Lakmal

England have announced their XI and Sri Lanka could also make a couple of changes as they seek a consolation win
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Kandy

Jack Leach provides vital control as England's one-day freedom comes to the fore

England learn from success of white-ball side, as flexibility gives spinners the space to shine
November 19, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Kandy

Sri Lanka pin blame on fielding standards after chastening series loss

Coach Hathurusingha says standards have to rise if team is to recover in the long run
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Kandy

England reap rewards of brave selection policy - Trevor Bayliss

Big calls vindicated after England secure second series win in Sri Lanka in five attempts since 2000-01
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Most wickets for spinners in a Test

England have won two successive away Tests for the first time in six years to complete a rare series win in Sri Lanka.
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Kandy

Joe Root praises team for 'bold and courageous' victory

Captain takes pride in leading from the front as England seal first series win in Asia for six years
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Kandy

Jack Leach, Moeen Ali lead England to rare series win

On the fifth day in Kandy, Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for 17 runs to concede a 57-run win to the visitors
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 4th day

Sense of belonging helps Keaton Jennings stay relaxed in the line of fire

Sharp reflexes at short leg may yet made the difference in a closely fought Test
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 4th day

Angelo Mathews still hurt by ODI axing as he lets 'bat do the talking'

Batsman says he has not changed his preparations in wake of criticism from coach, Chandika Hathurusingha
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 4th day

'It's set up for a bit of a thriller' - Keaton Jennings braces for day five tussle

Tea break came at a good time for England, says opening batsman, after an impressive day under the lid at short leg
November 19, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 4th day

England close in on series win despite Angelo Mathews defiance

Sri Lanka have been set 301 for victory in Pallekele after England's last-wicket pair Ben Foakes and James Anderson added 22 runs to the overnight score
November 21, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, Gros Islet

Hayley Matthews helps West Indies storm into semi-finals

November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Brilliant but a bit bonkers: How Joe Root's rollicking hundred marks the end of England's history

No more Mr Reticent. England's captain shows his team how he wants his Test innings to be compiled from hereon in
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

'Reverse swan' Root praises England for sticking to attacking mindset

Captain's brilliant second-innings hundred helps carry England into a position of authority on the third day
November 19, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Joe Root hundred raises tempo and puts England in charge

A morning that promised much for England turned sharply a few minutes before lunch when Sri Lanka claimed two wickets in five deliveries to ensure this compelling match remained in the balance
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Joe Root receives ICC demerit point after being found guilty of dissent

England captain 'shook his head and then kicked the turf' after unsuccessful appeal against Dilruwan Perera
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Roshen Silva innings shows Test mindset, says Dimuth Karunaratne

Opener praises Sri Lanka batting hero, whose methods haven't altered much since their schooldays together
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Balls to statistics: Ben Stokes' moments of brilliance show his true value

Twin interventions in morning session did more than anything to keep England in the game
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Jack Leach hopes for fourth-innings dividends after tough day in field

Spinner disappointed to concede lead, but backs bowlers to thrive if they have a good total to defend
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Sri Lanka hit with five penalty runs after one-short incident

Team meets with affected fans on outfield during Test after many are forced to switch hotels due to booking oversight
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Joe Root pens letters of sympathy after fans are caught up in Kandy hotel fiasco

Team meets with affected fans on outfield during Test after many are forced to switch hotels due to booking oversight
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Roshen Silva guides Sri Lanka to precious 46-run lead

Ben Stokes magicked up two dismissals, both of them from positions in the field, reversing the gains Sri Lanka had made during the 96-run third wicket stand
November 25, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, Gros Islet

Siriwardene's allround performance knocks Bangladesh out

The veteran allrounder batted through till the end of the innings in a low-scoring innings, and bowled economically as Bangladesh played meekly in their chase
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

'It looked like Sri Lanka were starting to panic' - Sam Curran

Sri Lanka's slapdash day in the field reached its nadir just when they needed to be at their most ruthless
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Sri Lanka stumped for answers as Sam Curran swings for the hills

Sri Lanka's slapdash day in the field reached its nadir just when they needed to be at their most ruthless
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

England strike after Sam Curran spark lifts them to 285

A win here will give England their first series victory in Sri Lanka since 2001
November 13, 2021
England in Sri Lanka 2018-19

Four batsmen who must step up in Sri Lanka's hour of need

A retirement, an injury and a disrespected curfew have robbed the team of key players for the Pallekele Test, which puts the spotlight on Mathews, Mendis, Dickwella and Silva
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Kandy

Can Sri Lanka harness the chaos to turn the tide in Pallekele?

England have named an unchanged XI from Galle, with Ben Stokes set to move up to No. 3
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele

Sri Lanka ask for a turner - and more runs from their batsmen

Stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal is "trusting" that the team's batting will come good as Sri Lanka look to level the series in Pallekele
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Group A, Women's World T20, Gros Islet

Ismail, Kapp power South Africa to seven-wicket win

Ismail was near unplayable, racking up 20 dot balls in a four-over spell, and Kapp followed up her economical bowling with 38 to anchor South Africa's chase
November 19, 2021
Women's World T20, St Lucia

St Lucia WWT20 fixtures could be moved to Antigua to combat washout fears

The ICC are understood to be looking at a relocation of group stage fixtures to Antigua, in response to torrential rainfall on the island
November 27, 2021
England v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, St Lucia

Heavy rainfall forces abandonment of opening St Lucia match

England and Sri Lanka took a point apiece from their opening match at the Women's World T20, after heavy rain in St Lucia forced an abandonment
November 29, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Angelo Mathews' form encouraging for Sri Lanka, says Chandika Hathurusingha

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha was pleased with Angelo Mathews' response after being dropped from the one-day side and criticised for his running
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Chandika Hathurusingha critical of 'school kid' batting from Sri Lanka

England laid traps and Sri Lanka's batsmen fell into them, said coach Chandika Hathurusingha after heavy defeat in Galle
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Injured Dinesh Chandimal doubtful for second Test

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal is almost certainly out of the second Test in Pallekele after it was confirmed that his groin tear will take up to two weeks to heal
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Joe Root praises England's game awareness after memorable Galle victory

Marshalling bowling attack was "great fun" says England captain, as he reflects on 211-run win
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Rangana Herath retires saying it's 'the right time' to go

There was no famous farewell at Galle but Rangana Herath was happy it was "the right time" for him to retire from international competition
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 4th day, Galle, 1st Test

England storm fortress Galle to end winless overseas run

Some loose batting from Sri Lanka helped England take a large step towards victory in Galle
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd day, Galle, 1st Test

Sri Lanka spinners undone by 'attacking mindset', says bowling coach

With England on top in Rangana Herath's final Test, Piyal Wijetunge admitted that Sri Lanka's spinners had been outbowled by the visitors
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd day, Galle, 1st Test

'My form this summer wasn't up to scratch' - Keaton Jennings

Batsman endured sleepless nights during form slump against India, but comes good at Galle to give England big advantage
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd day, Galle, 1st Test

England take grip after Keaton Jennings comes good

Sri Lanka struck three times on the second morning, removing Rory Burns, Moeen Ali and Joe Root, but England continued to swell their mammoth lead t
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Ben Foakes becomes the fifth keeper to score a century on Test debut

The key stats as Ben Foakes makes history on the second morning in Galle
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd day, Galle, 1st Test

Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali underpin dominant day for England

Dilruwan Perera took five wickets, but the wicketkeeper-batsman's 107 was central to England fighting back from 103 for 5
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

England saviour Ben Foakes 'never believed' he'd be making his Test debut

Debutant wicketkeeper thought he'd be making up the numbers after joining tour as an injury replacement
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Ben Foakes shows class on debut to lift England from adversity

Joe Root wins toss as England's winter Test campaign gets underway in Sri Lanka
November 24, 2021
Stats analysis: Rangana Herath

Herath - as good as Muralitharan?

The left-arm spinner has done the near unthinkable - he has almost matched the numbers achieved by Muttiah Muralitharan
November 25, 2021
Rangana Herath retires

From Ranatunga to Rashid Khan: Who's played with or against Herath?

Has Rangana Herath played with Arjuna Ranatunga and faced off against young Rashid Khan too? Take our quiz to find out how well you know his career
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Galle up for grabs as spinners prepare to take centre stage

Rangana Herath prepares to play his final Test, as England size up a number of potential debutants on a surface that's bound to favour spin
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Ben Foakes and Rory Burns set for England debuts

England close to finalising line-up but delay confirming their team with bad weather set to threaten a prompt start
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

Lahiru Kumara axed from Sri Lanka squad for breaking team curfew

Dushmantha Chameeera steps in as reserve seamer for the three-Test series
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle

'He looks like a club cricketer but his mental strength is unbelievable' - Paul Farbrace on Rangana Herath

Sri Lanka's former coach, now England assistant, recalls the impact of their retiring spinner
November 11, 2021
SL Board XI vs England, warm-up match, 2nd day, Colombo

Joe Root and Rory Burns show encouraging form in drawn warm-up game

There was a fifty for Moeen Ali, too, but Joe Denly and Keaton Jennings were less convincing in their stints at the crease
November 25, 2021
SL XI v England XI, warm-up, Colombo

England ring changes, but Sri Lankans run rings in opening Test warm-up

For all the talk of England searching for a "different formula", there was a wearing familiarity to their approach on the first day of the red-ball leg of their tour
November 27, 2021
England in Sri Lanka 2018-19

England urged to be vigilant amid Sri Lanka political tension

Business as usual for now after removal of prime minister on Friday prompts concerns for stability
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, one-off T20I, Colombo

Jason Roy blazes way before Joe Denly four-for seals hefty England win

Thisara Perera won the toss and chose to field first under heavy skies at Khettarama
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, one-off T20I, Colombo

Buoyant Sri Lanka aim to make short work of England once more

England could bring back Joe Denly after eight years in the wilderness, while Sri Lanka have called up Sadeera Samarawickrama
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, one-off T20I, Colombo

Thisara Perera hoping Sri Lanka's switch stays flicked

Sri Lanka came to life during their 219-run DLS thrashing of England in the fifth ODI and Thisara Perera suggested his T20 side would be on the attack again
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Colombo

Kusal Mendis' intensity the key as Sri Lanka's hitman turns the corner

Batsman's 56 from 33 balls was not the most substantial knock in Sri Lanka's innings, but it was the most eye-catching
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Colombo

Sri Lanka top order inflicts heaviest ODI defeat on England

Eoin Morgan rests himself for final match of series in Colombo, as Malinga misses out for Sri Lanka
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Colombo

Sri Lanka seek to convert slim pickings to series consolation

England are targetting a 4-0 series win, but may field a much-changed side in the final and final match of the rubber
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Pallekele

Dasun Shanaka rues the opportunities that slipped away for Sri Lanka

Another defeat for Sri Lanka was mitigated by the knowledge that the game had turned on a couple of key moments
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Pallekele

England seal series with latest comfortable DLS victory

England won the toss and chose to field first in the fourth ODI, bringing Alex Hales for the injured Jonny Bairstow
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Dambulla

Confident England seek to close out rain-impacted ODI series

England have taken an unassailable 2-0 series lead, and now have a rare win in Asia in their sights
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Dambulla

No regrets for Liam Plunkett after putting wedding ahead of England duty

Fast bowler has lost his starting berth to Olly Stone, but insists he's comfortable with competition for places
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Dambulla

Samarawickrama pleads for patience as Sri Lanka seeks form resurgence

Opener seeks improvements on match-by-match basis after team's two years in the doldrums
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Dambulla

Jonny Bairstow an injury doubt for 4th ODI after damaging ankle

Opener injures right ankle during England's training session and may be replaced by Alex Hales
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Tom Curran's comeback puts brothers back on course for all-format dominance

With Sam now a fixture in England's Test set-up, the time is drawing nigh when both Currans take the field together
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

'You can't win a 21-over match with 150 on the board' - Niroshan Dickwella

Sri Lanka's big hitter admits he's falling short of his potential at the top of the order
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

ECB defends tour scheduling amid washout threat

Each of England's five matches on their tour of Sri Lanka has been affected by monsoonal weather
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Eoin Morgan guides chase in shortened game as England go 2-0 up

England have won the toss and chosen to bowl first in the ODI in Pallekele
November 14, 2021
England in Sri Lanka 2018-19

Kusal Mendis called up as replacement for Kusal Perera

Replacement named after incumbent is ruled out of series with a quad strain
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Dambulla

Can Sri Lanka get out of their rut?

Both teams have lost players to injury as the series moves to Pallekele with England 1-0 up
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Dambulla

Dasun Shanaka sizes up higher responsibilities in Sri Lanka's batting order

Allrounder is increasingly being thought of as a specialist batsman, and someone who can bat higher up the order.
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Dambulla

Moeen Ali ready to rush his bowling, but not his thinking, as more rain looms in third ODI

England's spinners had to beat the rain in the second ODI, and more of the same may be required at Pallekele
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

Nearing the end, Lasith Malinga rouses himself for final World Cup push

Following a match in which he suggested he was once again death-bowling force to be reckoned with, Lasith Malinga delivered the rhetoric fans have come to expect
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

Olly Stone's rise gives Eoin Morgan another 'good headache'

The performance of young quick Olly Stone in Dambulla may have pushed him up a long queue to be involved in England's World Cup squad
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

New-ball bowlers deliver England DLS win after Lasith Malinga five-for

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first in the second ODI in Dambulla, after the toss was conducted beneath blue skies, in bright sunshine
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

Teams prepare to battle Sri Lanka's monsoon season again

Sri Lanka and England will be hoping for better weather in Dambulla after rain limited them to 15 overs of play in the first ODI
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

Joe Root keen for England to continue their spin revolution

Over the last three years, the ODI side that has fared the best against spin is India. Second on that list, and only by a whisker, are England
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Heavy rain, wet outfield forces abandonment

Sri Lanka the toss and chose to bowl in the first ODI of the series in Dambulla
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Dambulla

You have a target on your back being No. 1 - Jos Buttler

Previous England sides have toured Sri Lanka with trepidation, but not this one which has risen to the top of the rankings
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Our situation similar to England's after 2015 World Cup - Chandimal

The similarities between Sri Lanka's present plight and England's situation following their group-stage exit in the 2015 World Cup are unmissable
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Can Sri Lanka emerge from chaos against world's best one-day team?

England are without a couple of first-choice pace bowlers but bring a formidable batting line-up against a struggling home team
November 12, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, Under-19 Asia Cup final, Dhaka

Harsh Tyagi bags six-for as India Under-19s clinch sixth Asia Cup title

Yashasvi Jaiswal, the tournament's highest run-getter, was one of four half-centurions in India's total of 304 for 3
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka Board XI v England XI, Tour match, Colombo

Moeen Ali ready to embrace expectation in Sri Lanka

Spin is likely to play a key part of the one-day series and Moeen Ali settled into his work nicely with a three-wicket haul
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 5th women's T20I, Katunayake

Harmanpreet, Rodrigues, spinners make it 4-0 for India

The India captain shared a 75-run third-wicket stand with Rodrigues to shore up the side, before Deepti, Poonam and Radha ripped through the opposition batting
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 4th T20I, Colombo

Patil, Rodrigues seal series for India

Anuja Patil took three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 134 in a match shortened 17-overs-a-side, and followed it up with her maiden T20I fifty and an unbroken century stand with Rodrigues
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd women's T20I, Colombo

Jemimah Rodrigues' breezy 57 gives India unassailable 2-0 lead

The 18-year-old gave India's chase impetus after Arundhati Reddy had led a disciplined bowling effort to restrict Sri Lanka to 131 for 8
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka women v India women, 2nd T20I, Colts Cricket Club Ground

Second T20I washed out after India's early blows

Sent in to bat, Sri Lanka were 49 for 3 in 7.5 overs when the skies opened up
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka women v India women, 1st T20I, FTZ Sports Complex

Poonam Yadav's four-wicket haul takes India women to victory

The legspinner picked up 4 for 26 as India women bowled Sri Lanka women out for 155 to clinch the first T20I by 13 runs
November 29, 2021
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2018, Group B, Abu Dhabi

Rahmat, spinners knock Sri Lanka out of Asia Cup

Afghanistan were unchanged from their previous ODI, which they won to take series against Ireland two weeks ago
November 28, 2021
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2018, Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka have the edge, but not by much

Afghanistan's spinners, led by Mujeeb and Rashid, could pose interesting questions to a batting order that's proven to be brittle
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka Women v India Women, Katunayake, 3rd ODI

Chamari Atapattu trumps Mithali Raj as Sri Lanka win last-over thriller

They broke a sequence of ten successive ODI losses against India, winning with one ball to spare in a high-scoring game
November 24, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st match, Asia Cup 2018, Dubai

A glimpse of the old Slinga Malinga

The pacer's powers might be on the wane, but if he bowls as well as he did on Saturday, Sri Lanka could get a final lap from their warhorse
November 15, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2018, Dubai

Mushfiqur stars in 137-run rout of Sri Lanka

Dew is expected to be a factor in the second innings, but the searing heat has meant that both teams were looking to bat first in Dubai
November 27, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2018, Dubai

Akila, Chandimal absence gives slight edge to Bangladesh

Neither team will settle for anything other than a win, although Sri Lanka will have to make up for missing some key players
November 28, 2021
Asia Cup 2018

What does it really mean to be Asia Cup champions?

In any other major subcontinental sport, the Asian championships are a significant event. But is it really so in cricket?
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Galle

Taniya Bhatia shines with bat and gloves to hand India series

The wicketkeeper-batsman made her maiden international fifty and followed it up with two vital catches and a stumping to deny Sri Lanka in a tight, low-scoring match
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 1st women's ODI, Galle

Mandhana, bowlers lead India's rout of Sri Lanka

The opener's unbeaten 73 took India to victory by nine wickets with 30.1 overs to spare after Sri Lanka had been bowled out for just 98
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Chamari Atapattu returns to lead Sri Lanka women for India series

The prolific batsman is back after recovering from dengue as Sri Lanka search for their first points in the new Women's Championship cycle
November 26, 2021
India women in Sri Lanka 2018-19

Sri Lanka women to host India for three ODIs and five T20Is

The ODI series will count towards the Women's Championship, which will determine the automatic qualifiers for the Women's World Cup 2021
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, one-off T20I, Colombo

Dinesh Chandimal guides Sri Lanka home in low-scoring thriller

Isuru Udana, the left-arm fast bowler, makes his first appearance of the tour
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Only T20, Colombo

Sellout crowd awaits postscript match of the tour

The only T20 between Sri Lanka and South Africa is shoehorned in at the back-end, set to begin less than 48 hours after the last ODI was completed
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 5th ODI, Colombo

'He's made of steel' - Mathews on Akila

Sri Lanka's captain was impressed with his lead spinner's ability to bounce back from tough outings in the fifth ODI
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 5th ODI, Colombo

Mathews, Akila Dananjaya hand South Africa a drubbing

November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 5th ODI, Colombo

Another chance for Sri Lanka and South Africa to build World Cup plans

With the series already decided, the hosts will look to continue their aggressive batting approach, and the visitors to keep trying their younger players
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 4th ODI, Pallekele

Lower order, Lakmal end Sri Lanka's losing run

South Africa rung in three changes, with Klaasen and Maharaj also making their way into their XI
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 4th ODI, Kandy

Sri Lanka desperate to break rut as de Kock stands in for du Plessis

Quinton de Kock will lead South Africa in the last two ODIs as they will look to give their World Cup hopefuls more chances
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 4th ODI, Kandy

Sri Lanka seek best combination and 'continuity' in ODIs

While Angelo Mathews said they were open to shuffling batsmen around, he emphasised that it was important to retain players too
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Series loss exposes Sri Lanka's top-order issues

Batting coach Thilan Samaraweera conceded that Sri Lanka's top order is nowhere near finalised, as they look ahead to the World Cup
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

South Africa ride on Hendricks ton, Duminy 92 to seal series

South Africa hand Reeza Hendricks ODI debut
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Can Sri Lanka end their losing streak against South Africa?

South Africa have beaten them 10 times in a row, in a streak stretching back to 2014
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

We rely too much on our spinners - Angelo Mathews

Sri Lanka have done some soul-searching after a spate of poor results in ODIs, and identified that they need to become better across a variety of conditions and not just prosper on turning tracks
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

'We were a bunch of school kids when it came to today's fielding' - Mathews

Niroshan Dickwella agreed with his captain, saying Sri Lanka made too many mistakes in the field to defend a total of 244
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

De Kock, bowlers, power South Africa to comfortable win

South Africa remain unchanged for the second ODI, keeping faith in the team that won the first match by five wickets
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Dambulla

Can Sri Lanka keep out South Africa's quicks?

The visitors are 1-0 up, and will hope for contributions from younger members of their side such as Aiden Markram and Wiaan Muller
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Have told Thisara how important he is for 2019 World Cup - Samaraweera

The Sri Lanka batting coach felt that after some strong discussions, the allrounder was heading in the right direction
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Shamsi, Rabada four-fors take SA 1-0 up

Sri Lanka went in with three spinners, with Akila Dananjaya joined by Lakshan Sandakan and Shehan Jayasuriya
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Backbenchers hope to kickstart World Cup preparation

The five-match ODI series that starts in Dambulla is a chance for both Sri Lanka and South Africa to strap in, and start building some form
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day

De Bruyn joins Jonty, and Herath's fourth-innings bounty

Stats highlights from Sri Lanka's 199-run win in the second Test against South Africa
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day

Herath six-for completes 2-0 after de Bruyn's fighting 101

A 123-run fourth-wicket stand gave South Africa a glimmer of hope before lunch, but Temba Bavuma's late wicket left Sri Lanka three wickets away from victory
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Karunaratne has been brilliant in the last year or so - Mathews

Having known him since high school, Mathews feels the opener has added a lot of stability to the inexperienced Sri Lanka side
November 15, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Sri Lanka "street-smart" in denying us preparation for turners - Elgar

The opener believed the hosts had denied South Africa preparation on pitches that were similar to those they would encounter in the Test series
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd Day

Spinners put Sri Lanka in sight of 2-0 series win

With the Test match headed only one way, Sri Lanka took the opportunity to stretch their lead and grind South Africa down before putting them in to bat a second time
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day

'Sri Lanka, in these conditions, are too good for us' - SA coach Gibson

With three days still to go, and a draw or win unlikely for the visitors, the coach Ottis Gibson said that he wanted his players to compete with pride
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo

Maharaj's nine-for: South Africa's second-best

The left-arm spinner now has the best bowling figures for any visiting bowler in Sri Lanka
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day

Dimuth Karunaratne builds lead after spinners rout South Africa again

A last-wicket stand of 74 between Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath allowed Sri Lanka to cross 300 for the first time in the two-Test series
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo

Maharaj buries ghosts of centuries of South Africa's spinners

The left-arm spinner did what no other South African spinner has managed in Sri Lanka - not get punished in spin-friendly conditions
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo, 1st day

'Really surprised' SA picked only one spinner - Samaraweera

Sri Lanka's batting coach expresses surprise at the composition of South Africa's attack, and says that as the Test goes on, the pitch will turn even more
November 15, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo

Maharaj bags best figures by a visiting bowler in Sri Lanka

The left-arm spinner's 8 for 116 saw him set new benchmarks for his team, and for a bowler against Sri Lanka
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC

South Africa roar back with Maharaj's eight-for

South Africa decided to go in with only one spinner, bringing in Theunis de Bruyn to bolster the batting
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC

Du Plessis wants batsmen to 'trust their defence'

Refrain from attacking too early and await the hittable balls - that's the South Africa captain's motto, ahead of the 2nd Test in Colombo
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

Karunaratne reveals strategy to tackle spinners

Karunaratne scored 218 runs on a Galle surface in which no other batsman could manage so much as a half-century, and this is not even his most impressive hundred in tough conditions
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

Dimuth Karunaratne 218, South Africa 199

South Africa's second-innings 73 was their lowest total since readmission, while Dilruwan Perera picked up his career-best innings and match figures
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, 3rd day, Galle

Dilruwan, Herath rout South Africa in three days

South Africa's attack staged an impressive comeback on the third morning in Galle to nip out Sri Lanka's last six wickets for 73 runs but their first-innings deficit has given them a tough task in the final innings
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day

Thoughts from a fictitious South Africa batsman: This isn't how it was supposed to be in Sri Lanka

A fictitious voice from the South African camp shares his thoughts on the state of affairs after a horrendous second day in Galle
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day

Sri Lanka far ahead after spinners hurt South Africa

Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander saved South Africa from registering their lowest total since readmission but they are still starring at a significant deficit
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, 1st Day, Galle, July 12, 2018

Karunaratne's self-deprecating, myth-busting masterclass

His unbeaten 158 Twas no breakout knock, just another rock in a bank of evidence to suggest his quality as an opening batsman
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day

Karunaratne celebrates 50th Test in style

Only two other Sri Lankan openers have carried their bat in a Test innings
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day

Herath, Karunaratne help Sri Lanka end tough day on a high

South Africa have gone in with two spinners, including Tabraiz Shamsi to partner Keshav Maharaj, and three pacers
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle

Sri Lanka depleted by Chandimal absence in opening Test

Sri Lanka will miss their captain, while Dale Steyn fit again and within touching distance of Shaun Pollock's South Africa record
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle

West Indies tour has prepared us for South Africa's pacers - Roshen Silva

Sri Lanka batsman says the seamer-friendly conditions they faced in their last Test series should hold them in good stead against the visitors' formidable pace attack
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka Board XI v South Africans, P Sara Oval, 2nd day

Du Plessis, Amla, Bavuma tune up for Galle Test with fifties

South Africa opener Dean Elgar also had a decent workout before the two-day tour match ended in a draw
November 22, 2021
South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2018-19, warm-up fixture

Shamsi stakes claim for first Test with five-for

Mathews shows form and fitness to make 92 for hosts; Steyn undergoes proper workout on humid day
November 28, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, 4th day, Bridgetown

Kusal, Dilruwan steer Sri Lanka in nervous chase to level series

West Indies fancied their chances when Kusal Mendis fell in the first over of the day but an injured Kusal Perera and a stoic Dilruwan Perera ensured they didn't have any further trouble
November 27, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Bridgetown, 3rd day

The most wickets in a day of Test cricket in the Caribbean

There were some awesome stats for the bowlers - Jason Holder in particular - and some dismal ones for both teams' top orders
November 27, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Bridgetown, 3rd day

Holder four-for leaves Test evenly poised on 20-wicket day

The day started off with Sri Lanka five wickets down in the second innings. It ended with Sri Lanka five wickets down in the fourth
November 25, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Barbados, 3rd day

Kusal Perera 'cleared of any serious injury'

Sri Lanka batsman crashed into the advertising hoardings while attempting a catch, kept under observation at hospital
November 29, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Barbados, 2nd day

Gabriel, Roach give West Indies honours on rain-hit day

Sri Lanka fail to build on Lahiru Kumara's four-for on a truncated second day in which only 59 overs were possible
November 26, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Barbados, 1st day

Dowrich half-century rescues West Indies on rain-hit day

With the sun out and a cool breeze blowing, Jason Holder wanted his batsmen to make first use of the Kensington Oval surface against a side that's missing both Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath
November 28, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Bridgetown

Sri Lanka look to refocus on cricket in pink-ball Test; Lakmal named captain

They are 1-0 down and will most likely be without both Dinesh Chandimal and the injured Rangana Herath. West Indies, meanwhile, have won their two most recent Tests at the Kensington Oval
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka in West Indies 2018

Chandimal out of third Test, appeal against suspension dismissed

Michael Beloff QC, the ICC-appointed judicial commissioner, has dismissed the Sri Lanka captain's appeal against his one-match suspension for ball-tampering
November 23, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Gros Islet, 5th day

Brathwaite, bad weather hold off Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka add just eight to overnight total as Gabriel's double-strike takes his match figures to 13 for 121, the third best by a West Indian
November 29, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, St Lucia, 4th day

How the ball-tampering episode unfolded in St Lucia

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been officially charged with ball tampering in the ongoing Test. Here is the sequence that led to the state of events
November 29, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, St Lucia, 4th day

Gabriel gets five again but SL lead nears 300

Sri Lanka lost 3 for 14 early on the fourth morning, but a confident Kusal Mendis and a lucky Dinesh Chandimal steadied the innings and pushed the lead to 89 at lunch
November 25, 2021
ICC news

ICC likely to approve harsher penalties for ball tampering soon

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has escaped a more severe ball-tampering charge because the ICC is yet to approve newly-modified sanctions for the offence
November 25, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Gros Islet, 4th day

Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering charge

November 27, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, St Lucia, 3rd day

Gabriel strikes for West Indies after narrow lead

There were 31 runs, 12.3 overs, one wicket and one big controversy on the third day of the St Lucia Test
November 18, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, St Lucia, 3rd day

Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing amid ball-tampering controversy

Sri Lanka refused to take the field at the scheduled start time, appearing to object to the decision of umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar to change the ball overnight
November 28, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Gros Islet, 2nd day

Smith and Kumara shine on rain-hit day

Sri Lanka's bowlers were made to toil without any reward, as West Indies' openers carefully saw off the opening session of the second day
November 17, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, 1st day, St Lucia

Chandimal 119* saves Sri Lanka opening-day blushes

Fast bowler Kasun Rajitha and batsman Mahela Udawatte were handed a debut; West Indies remained unchanged
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka in West Indies 2018

Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Gamage out of Sri Lanka's West Indies tour

Mathews has left for personal reasons, while Gamage has been ruled out with a fractured finger
November 21, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Gros Islet

West Indies eye successive Test wins after four years

After decimating Sri Lanka by 226 runs at Port-of-Spain, Jason Holder will hope for a repeat showing from his side
November 29, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Port of Spain, 5th day

Chase, Bishoo spin West Indies to massive win

Chase picked up two wickets in the final over as any hopes of a West Indies win has all but dissipated in the series opener
November 29, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Port of Spain, 4th day

We just need one more big effort - Stuart Law

The West Indies coach wants his bowlers to hit the right lengths and target the stumps on the final day, taking some assistance from the variable bounce of the pitch
November 11, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Port of Spain, 4th day

Kusal Mendis keeps SL fighting in improbable chase

Shane Dowrich was trapped in front, Kieran Powell was wangled out of his wicket in sight of his century, and Jason Holder was dismissed in the approach to lunch, but West Indies continued to march ahead nevertheless - growing their lead to 438 - with thre
November 29, 2021
Women's Asia Cup, Malaysia 2018

Thailand script historic first over Sri Lanka

Wongpaka Liengprasert picks up five wickets and then keeps composure with Thailand needing six off the final over to seal a last-ball win
November 26, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Port of Spain, 3rd day

Powell takes WI 360 ahead after bowlers' day out

Two wickets on either side of the session helped West Indies share the honours with Sri Lanka in the opening session. In between, Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella 78 runs for the fifth wicket
November 29, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Port-of-Spain, 2nd day

Bishoo delighted with 'West Indies fire' in Trinidad

West Indies legspinner also values batting contribution in century stand with Shane Dowrich that helped set up the game
November 29, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Port of Spain, 2nd day

Dowrich ton, fiery pacers give West Indies the advantage

West Indies consolidated their position in the 9.1 overs possible before lunch - Shane Dowrich moving past fifty as he and overnight batsman Devendra Bishoo added 22 to the overnight score
November 28, 2021
Women's T20 Asia Cup

Spinners help India retain top position

A day after they were handed their first loss in the history of Asia Cup, India chased down 108 with ease to stage a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur
November 24, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, 1st day, Port of Spain

Dowrich, Holder keep West Indies alive after early damage

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, picked five specialist bowlers on a pitch that is expected to be full of runs on the first two days
November 29, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Women's T20 Asia Cup 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Maroof 60*, Dar record five-for strangle Sri Lanka

Captain Bismah Maroof struck an unbeaten 60, to go with her 1-14, before offspinner Nida Dar's record T20I haul of 5 for 21 set up Pakistan's 23-run win against Sri Lanka
November 26, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Port-of-Spain

Sri Lanka hope to make history in the Caribbean

They have never won a Test series in the West Indies, and considering the hosts' form, they have a good chance to break that duck now
November 26, 2021
Malaysia v Sri Lanka, Women's T20 Asia Cup 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Nilakshi de Silva fires Sri Lanka to huge win

One day after being demolished by India by 142 runs, tournament hosts Malaysia succumbed to their second successive defeat, this time losing to Sri Lanka by 90 runs
November 28, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Women's Asia Cup, Kuala Lumpur

Sri Lanka kick off Asia Cup with rout of Bangladesh

Bangladesh were bowled out for 63, a total that never stretched Sri Lanka at any point
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd women's T20I, Colombo

Javeria, spinners help Pakistan seal 2-1 series win

Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar returned combined figures of 15-0-41-3 as Pakistan, defending 113, restricted Sri Lanka to 75 for 8
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Colombo

Siriwardene leads rout of Pakistan in record SL win

Sri Lanka posted their first home win in a T20I against Pakistan as Shashikala Siriwardene's four-for flattened the visitors to 72 all out in Colombo
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Women's T20I series, Colombo

Javeria's record fifty helps Pakistan clinch thriller

Pakistan lose 6 for 38 in small chase before No. 11 debutant Fatima hits boundary off the penultimate delivery to seal one-wicket win
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd women's ODI, Dambulla

Spinners lead Pakistan women to 3-0 sweep

Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar and Bismah Maroof claimed all ten wickets among them to roll over Sri Lanka women for 107 in their pursuit of 216
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd women's ODI, Dambulla

Maroof, Mir seal ODI series for Pakistan

Pakistan climbed to the top half of the ICC Women's Championship table with a resounding win against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, on the back of a half-century from captain Bismah Maroof and a four-for from offspinner Sana Mir
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, ICC Women's Championship, 1st women's ODI, Dambulla

Javeria's ton puts Pakistan 1-0 up

Bismah Maroof helped Pakistan bowl out Sri Lanka for 181 with figures of 3 for 17, completing a 69-run win in Dambulla
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka news

SL pick teenager Dilhari for ODIs; Atapattu returns as captain

Atapattu will take over the captaincy from Inoka Ranaweera for the upcoming home ODIs against Pakistan
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Bangladesh's dressing room door damaged in Colombo

Aggressive bodily contact, shoving, agitated yelling, pointed fingers and a shattered dressing room door, all marred the rancorous finish and the immediate aftermath, of the Nidahas Trophy match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
November 27, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Ugly scenes mar Bangladesh's dramatic win

Chasing sides have won all but one game in the the tournament so far, but Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera suggested that his side had actually wanted to bat first
November 28, 2021
Nidahas Trophy 2017-18

Advantage Bangladesh as Shakib returns for do-or-die

The home side's batting holds the key for them; the bowling remains their big worry
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

'Haven't bowled as well as we can' - Walsh

Bangladesh's interim head coach hopes for a big performance from Mustafizur Rahman and his spinners; says Shakib's inclusion subject to a fitness test
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

'If Shakib is not fit, it is a desperate measure' - Hathurusingha

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha has not been shaken by Shakib Al Hasan's surprise re-entry in to Bangladesh's squad
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, Nidahas T20 tri-series, Colombo

Thakur, Pandey fashion India's emphatic win

Sri Lanka were without their regular captain Dinesh Chandimal who has been suspended for two T20Is due to an over-rate ban. He was replaced by fast bowler Suranga Lakmal.
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Bruised attacks seek respite as teams scrap for advantage

Sri Lanka would still be hurting after the hiding their bowlers were handed by Bangladesh, but their in-form top-order is capable of testing India's resolve
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, T20I

Sixes galore, and a prolific pair of Kusals

Stats highlights from Bangladesh's epic chase at the Premadasa Stadium
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Mushfiqur pulls off record Bangladesh chase

Rain delayed the toss by 15 minutes. Both Nidahas Trophy matches so far have been won by the chasing side
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Can Bangladesh turn their form around against resurgent Sri Lanka?

Bangladesh have lost 13 of their last 14 T20Is, and will need to resolve their batting issues, particularly their difficulty with rotating the strike
November 23, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Powerplay woes cost India - Dhawan

Kusal Perera's 27-run over off Shardul Thakur helped Sri Lanka set the early tempo in their chase
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 1st T20I, Nidahas Trophy, Premadasa

Kusal Perera's assault helps Sri Lanka hunt down 175

India play two wicketkeepers in Pant, Karthik; Sri Lanka leave out Suranga Lakmal
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 1st T20I, Nidahas Trophy, Premadasa

Can Sri Lanka, India cope with absence of key players?

India have rested several first-choice players, including Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, while Sri Lanka will miss Angelo Mathews and Asela Gunaratne, who are unavailable through injury
November 26, 2021
Nidahas Trophy 2018-18

Kusal understands himself better now - Hathurusingha

Sri Lanka's head coach said the batsman's mental state was the biggest contributor to his recent form
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Sri Lanka women to host Pakistan in March for ODIs, T20Is

All three ODIs will take place in Dambulla and will count for the ICC Women's Championship. The T20 series will shift the action to Colombo for the three matches
November 27, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sylhet

Mendis has grabbed all opportunities as opener - Chandimal

Sri Lanka's captain was pleased with the batsman's form and the team's tour sweep in Bangladesh
November 19, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sylhet

'Fault is in our execution' - Mahmudullah

The stand-in captain also said they were still looking for the right combination in T20s, as they handed six debuts in their last two matches
November 23, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sylhet

Mendis stars in thumping win as SL sweep tour

The hosts handed out T20I debuts to Mahedi Hasan and Abu Jayed while Sri Lanka made just one change with Amila Aponso replacing Niroshan Dickwella
November 27, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sylhet

Sri Lanka capitalise on coach Hathurusingha's insider information

Having been Bangladesh's head coach - a role he had held since 2014 - the current Sri Lanka coach was privy to information on individual players' games. Sri Lanka have used that effectively to gain a substantial edge
November 27, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sylhet

Sri Lanka's rare chance to cap successful tour

In five matches against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh have lost four and drawn one, but Sunday is their last chance to restore a degree of respectability to the affair
November 21, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Mirpur

Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera overpower Bangladesh

Zakir Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Ariful Haque and Afif Hossain were handed Bangladesh debuts while Shehan Madushanka earned his maiden cap for Sri Lanka
November 21, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Mirpur

Sri Lanka eye tour sweep against injury-hit Bangladesh

Last year in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh enjoyed, perhaps, their best-ever away tour. Fast forward to the return series in 2018 and the tables have turned, across formats. Can the hosts halt Sri Lanka's charge?
November 11, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, 3rd day, Dhaka

Herath isn't battling father time, he has cut a deal with him

As he surpasses some of the game's most exalted figures and plonks himself in the pantheon, this chubby, ancient guy can still embarrass your batsmen
November 26, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, 3rd day, Dhaka

'Feel like we've started another journey' - Herath

Veteran spinners sees a "proper" team with youth and experience in equal measure following after three years of rebuilding
November 12, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Mirpur

Rangana Herath and Akila Dananjaya rewrite record books

Sri Lanka's spinners - one a veteran and the other a debutant - made history in their team's win over Bangladesh in Mirpur
November 11, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day

Dananjaya takes five as Sri Lanka clinch series

The overnight pair of Suranga Lakmal and Roshen Silva added 26 to Sri Lanka's score before a Taijul Islam double strike ended the visitors' second innings
November 28, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day

'I don't know why they gave a wicket like this' - Roshen Silva

The Sri Lanka batsman expressed surprise over the rank turner in Mirpur based on how his team had "very experienced bowlers" capable of exploiting it
November 20, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Mirpur

Roshen Silva's fifty puts SL in firm control

Bangladesh lost five wickets for three runs as they were bowled out for 110 in the first innings in Mirpur
November 16, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 1st day

Bangladesh pay for overly watchful approach

It was down to what mindset the two batting line-ups came out with on a treacherous Mirpur pitch and the difference in the two approaches was evident
November 11, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 1st day

Sri Lanka on top after 14-wicket first day

Sri Lanka have won the toss and chosen to bat on a Mirpur track expected to take spin as the match goes on
November 20, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Mirpur

Sterner tests await batsmen as teams move to Mirpur turner

Sri Lanka are no strangers to playing on dustbowls, but Bangladesh can only hope their familiarity with Mirpur, where they recently picked up wins over Australia and England, gives them an edge
November 25, 2021
Bangladesh v South Africa, 2nd Test, Mirpur

Bangladesh face Sabbir v Mosaddek dilemma

Sabbir Rahman's aggressive style of batting could tip the balance in his favour on what is expected to be a turning pitch in Mirpur
November 21, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day

Players offer contrasting views on Chittagong pitch

The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium can now be added to the list of recent venues (the others being the MCG and the Wanderers) in which either the batsmen or the bowlers had absolute advantage over the other
November 26, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day

Mominul 105, Liton 94 end run-fest in draw

Sri Lanka's hopes of an Independence-day victory have not completely been extinguished, but the unbeaten 106-run fourth-wicket stand between Mominul Haque and Liton Das has certainly made them more remote
November 16, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day

Bangladesh's batsmen pay for defensive mindset

"They went into a negative position to save their wickets and defend the balls. The ball is turning from the rough. I think positive approach is the best way to play on this wicket," Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella said
November 19, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day

Late wickets leave Bangladesh in trouble after Sri Lanka's 713

Roshen Silva completed a maiden Test hundred, and Dinesh Chandimal neared his fifth against Bangladesh, as Sri Lanka's relentless Chittagong march trod into record-breaking territory
November 23, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day

Want to give Kusal Mendis every opportunity - Samaraweera

Sri Lanka's batting coach said the 23-year-old's ability was the reason he was pushed up to open the batting
November 16, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day

Sri Lanka pile on the runs and eye big lead

Their partnership - and Sri Lanka's score - at 295 at lunch, Bangladesh began to appear haggard in the field for the first time in the Test
November 23, 2021
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong

Outdated spin strategy hurts Bangladesh

The side's tendency to only bowl spinners who turn the ball away from batsmen - regardless of form or respective quality - continues to work against them
November 18, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 1st day

Mendis and Dhananjaya battle adversity to keep Sri Lanka afloat

Kusal Mendis showed grit and Dhananjaya de Silva showed flare in rescuing their team from a rocky start in Chittagong
November 22, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 2nd day

Technical change brings prolific run for Mominul

The small change with coach Mohammad Salahuddin has made a big difference in Mominul's approach against spinners, as he can now move forward and back more swiftly
November 13, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 2nd day

Dhananjaya, Mendis lead strong Sri Lanka reply

Rangana Herath removed Mominul Haque and Mosaddek Hossain early on the second day, but an unbeaten 50-run stand between Mahmudullah and Sunzamul Islam ensured that Bangladesh remained on track for a total of over 500
November 18, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 1st day

Mominul 175*, Mushfiqur 92 flatten Sri Lanka

Mahmudullah leads Bangladesh in place of the injured Shakib Al Hasan
November 27, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh resume rivalry in spin-friendly Chittagong

In the absence of the injured Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh have recalled Abdur Razzak after four years and have five other spinners in their squad. The visitors are likely to hand Akila Dananjaya a Test debut
November 23, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, tri-nation series final, Mirpur

We knew 220-230 would be enough - Chandimal

While the stand-in captain praised Sri Lanka for their series turnaround, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his team could not execute their plans despite doing 'some homework' before the final
November 28, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, tri-series final, Mirpur

Sri Lanka's graft outdoes Bangladesh's millionaire approach

Sri Lanka's batsmen put up a performance that demonstrated the value of hard grind in the one-day game: a far cry from the overambitious approach of their opponents
November 24, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Tri-Nation Series, final, Mirpur

Madushanka's debut hat-trick seals tri-series title

Bangladesh have made three changes, bringing in Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehidy Hasan for Anamul Haque, Nasir Hossain and Abul Hasan
November 27, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, tri-nation series, final, Mirpur

Mercurial SL seek an encore in scrap for title

Bangladesh have been a powerhouse this tri-nation series, but if Sri Lanka show up in the same form that they did on Thursday, the hosts will need fresh answers quickly
November 11, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, tri-series final, Mirpur

Sri Lanka put their faith in Hathurusingha

Riding on the confidence gained from two massive wins, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal is hopeful his team can continue what has been a bright start under the new coach in the tri-series final
November 24, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Tri-nation series, Mirpur

Sri Lanka dismantle Bangladesh for 82 and storm into final

A side strain has ruled out Kusal Perera, and Danushka Gunathilaka came in to replace him at the top of the order
November 27, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Tri-nation series 2018, Mirpur

Sri Lanka seek lifeline against rampaging Bangladesh

Now Tigers - capital T - in home ODIs, Bangladesh have not just won their first three matches, they have preyed ruthlessly on their oppositions taking a bonus point from each game
November 26, 2021
Under-19 World Cup 2018

Boyagoda's 191 leads 311-run rout of Kenya

Opener Hasitha Boyagoda racked up the highest score in Youth ODIs, 191 off 152 balls, as he took Sri Lanka to their highest-ever Under-19 total of 414
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, tri-nation series, Mirpur

Chandimal wants more from his batsmen

Sri Lanka's stand-in captain was pleased to take points from the game, but felt his side could have taken the bonus point too if only his batsmen did not waste the starts they got
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, tri-series, Mirpur

Thisara Perera's all-round brilliance keeps Sri Lanka alive

Zimbabwe chose to bat on a fresh Mirpur surface expected to favour batting, with their captain Graeme Cremer expecting the surface to get more difficult to score on as the game progresses
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Tri-nation series, Mirpur

Bruised Sri Lanka battle to stay alive

Sri Lanka's dire start to the new year has made Zimbabwe unlikely favourites, and another defeat will see Dinesh Chandimal's team crash out of the tri-series
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Tri-nation series, Mirpur

Ervine credits Vikings for Raza's hot streak

Sri Lanka must contend with Sikandar Raza's contentment in Bangladesh conditions after his success in the BPL
November 26, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Tri-nation series, Mirpur

Coach can't do miracles, SL have to step up - Thisara

Getting Chandika Hathurusingha on board was a "positive," Thisara Perera said but added that won't change Sri Lanka's fortunes overnight
November 21, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Under-19 World Cup, Group D

Pakistan seal quarter-final berth, Sri Lanka knocked out

A slim and slightly tense chase helped Pakistan seal a three-wicket win and a quarter-final berth, led by a combined five wickets between their quick bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Suleman Shafqat
November 24, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, tri-series, Mirpur

Shakib, Tamim fire Bangladesh to their biggest ODI win

Sri Lanka made two changes while Bangladesh picked Mohammad Saifuddin to replace Sunzamul Islam to further strengthen the pace attack
November 26, 2021
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Tri-nation series, Mirpur

SL in trouble, Mathews under injury cloud

Bangladesh would view that as an excellent opportunity to put one over the team that is now under the charge of their former coach Chandika Hathurusingha
November 15, 2021
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Under-19 World Cup, Group D, Whangarei

Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka to seal quarter-final berth

The victory was set up by a trio of half-centuries from Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, and Darwish Rasooli, to set up an imposing total of 284 for 7
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Tri-nation series, Mirpur

Zimbabwe overcome Thisara blitz in thrilling win

Zimbabwe meanwhile have gone with the same line-up that lost to Bangladesh by eight wickets on Monday
November 19, 2021
Bangladesh tri-nation series 2018

Zimbabwe look to revive happy times against Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe have already lost one game in this series, but they have good memories from their last meeting against Sri Lanka to draw inspiration from
November 25, 2021
Ireland v Sri Lanka, Under-19 World Cup, Group D, Whangarei

Lakshan, Mendis steer Sri Lanka to seven-wicket win

Dhananjaya Lakshan's 120-ball 101 and captain Kamindu Mendis all-round show took Sri Lanka to a win over Ireland in their opening match
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Mumbai

Unadkat, Pandey shine as India complete 3-0 sweep

India rested Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal and gave Mohammed Siraj an opportunity, while Sri Lanka brought in Danushka Gunathilaka and Dasun Shanaka in place of Chathuranga de Silva and the injured Angelo Mathews
November 28, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Mumbai

Hamstring strain puts Mathews out of action for two weeks

The injury has ruled him out of the third T20I against India on Sunday and could also put him in doubt for the start of the forthcoming Bangladesh tour
November 21, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Wankhede

Can punch-drunk Sri Lanka find some festive cheer?

With the series in the bag, India might consider handing a T20I debut to Tamil Nadu allrounder Washington Sundar or Baroda allrounder Deepak Hooda
November 29, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Indore

Rohit hits the joint-fastest T20I century

Key numbers from the run fest in Indore
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Indore

Rohit's record ton blindsides SL, secures series for India

Sri Lanka brought in batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama and allrounder Chaturanga De Silva in place of Vishwa Fernando and Dasun Shanaka
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Indore

Sri Lanka brace for another battle with wristspin

The visitors need to find a way to cope with challenges rather than spontaneously combust if they are to keep the T20 series alive
November 28, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Cuttack

Sri Lanka's worst defeat in T20Is

The loss by 93 runs is Sri Lanka's worst defeat in T20Is eclipsing the 85-run loss to Australia in Pallekele in 2016
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Cuttack

Chahal bags four in India's biggest T20 win

Thisara Perera, the Sri Lanka captain, has chosen to bowl in the first T20I keeping in mind the possibility of dew setting in later in the evening
November 16, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Cuttack

Sri Lanka sense chance against new-look India side

Sri Lanka have lost each of their last five T20Is, but they are up against an Indian side without Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Visakhapatnam

India's eighth successive bilateral series win

Statistical highlights of how the two teams fared in 2017, India's bilateral series-winning streak and Shikhar Dhawan crossing 4000 ODI runs
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Visakhapatnam

India scamper to eighth successive ODI series win

Sri Lanka, searching for their first series win in India, made one change with Sadeera Samarawickrama, taking the place of Lahiru Thirimanne.
November 22, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Visakhapatnam

Sri Lanka's shot at first series win in India

India have an opportunity to end the year without having lost a single bilateral series across formats
November 29, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mohali

Rohit: three double-hundreds; Others: four

Stats highlights from Rohit Sharma's record-breaking day in Mohali
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mohali

Rohit's rampaging double-ton levels series

Sri Lanka's new captain Thisara Perera won another important toss in hazy, overcast conditions in Mohali, and asked India to bat again
November 28, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mohali

India's batting under pressure as SL eye series win

Having trounced India in seam-friendly conditions in Dharamsala, Sri Lanka go to Mohali with a chance of ending an otherwise miserable ODI year on a high
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Dharamsala

India's lowest total at home when batting first

India's top order had one of the worst days in the team's history in ODIs. Here are some of the key numbers from their implosion
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Dharamsala

Sri Lanka rout India to snap 12-game losing streak

Both teams got their desired result at the toss as Sri Lanka's new ODI captain Thisara Perera chose to bowl first against India in Dharamsala
November 20, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Dharamsala

Sri Lanka's best chance to challenge Kohli-less India

The visitors, buoyed by the return of Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka, seek to improve a woeful 2017 ODI record
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 5th day

Dhananjaya and a new dawn for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka dropped him after throwing him in the firing line in South Africa. He has returned with the highest fourth-innings score by a visiting batsman in India. Young talents like that need better nurturing
November 20, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 5th day

India's record streak of nine consecutive series wins

Their 1-0 series win over Sri Lanka helped India match Australia's record of nine consecutive series wins from 2005-08, while Dhananjaya de Silva surpassed Viv Richards to score the highest fourth-innings score by a visiting batsman in India
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 5th day

Dhananjaya, Roshen deny India 2-0

With a bit of help from Ravindra Jadeja's front foot, Sri Lanka only lost one wicket in the first session of day five, as Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal kept alive their hopes of saving the Delhi Test
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 4th day

SL coach Pothas mulls fading light 'coincidence'

In the dying moments of the fourth day, Sri Lanka lost a wicket to a fast bowler minutes before it was deemed too dark for the quicks to operate and two in an over to a spinner before it became the last over of the day
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 4th day

Sri Lanka bewildered by visit from DDCA doctor

The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) sent its doctor on call to the Sri Lanka dressing room for a medical check-up during the lunch on the fourth day, but the purpose of the test and its methodology was lost on the Sri Lanka camp
November 19, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 4th day

SL's struggles with Delhi air may be genuine - Dhawan

After having seen his team-mate Shami vomit on the field, the India opener was more understanding of the visitors' discomfort, but he only went as far as giving them a benefit of doubt
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 4th day

Jadeja, Shami keep India on course for 2-0

India secured a 163-run first innings lead after taking the last remaining Sri Lankan wicket in the sixth over of the fourth morning
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 3rd day

A day of bloody-minded cricket SL badly needed

Through their centuries and a crucial partnership, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal stood up for their side's pride and gave the young batsmen in the side a lesson in fighting back
November 19, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 3rd day

Not the kind of pitches we wanted - Shami

The India fast bowler said the team hasn't been provided with the pitches they wanted in preparation for the South Africa tour, but that they made for a good test of their fitness
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 3rd day

Chandimal and Mathews' Kotla marathon

Chandimal's sprint to 10 Test centuries, the end of Mathews' century drought, and other statistical highlights from the third day of the third Tet
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 3rd day

Centuries for Mathews and Chandimal but India still on top

After Sri Lanka's best session with the bat on this punishing tour of India, Angelo Mathews stood on the brink of ending a long and difficult wait
November 29, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 2nd day

Sri Lanka's struggles no Machiavellian plan

The outrage against Sri Lanka's struggles on the field on Sunday seemed to ignore the fact that being more used to high levels of pollution should not be a source of pride
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 2nd day

'We had players coming off and vomiting' - Pothas

Sri Lanka were unable to cope with conditions in Delhi, where the air quality dipped to "very unhealthy" levels on Sunday
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 2nd day

Delhi pollution interrupts India-Sri Lanka Test

In the post-lunch session, at least five of their fielders came out wearing masks and a little later they appeared not to have enough healthy players to put on the park
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 2nd day

Kohli's 243 hands India massive advantage

Virat Kohli brought up his sixth double-hundred in Test cricket and showed no signs of stopping as India continued piling misery upon Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 1st day

Sri Lanka select out of hope not expectation

When you are getting hammered all over and missing a talismanic bowler who has been both your stock bowler and your spearhead, there are no easy decisions
November 25, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 1st day

Rahane won't be a wrong 'un in South Africa

Ajinkya Rahane's troubles deepened in Delhi but as Sanjay Bangar was quick to point out, his overseas record is "phenomenal"
November 16, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 1st day

Kohli breezes past 5000 runs with his 20th Test ton

His 283-run partnership with M Vijay was the highest India have ever recorded against Sri Lanka
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 1st day

Vijay, Kohli tons cement India's dominance

Smarting from their heaviest-ever defeat in the second Test in Nagpur, Sri Lanka made three changes to their side
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi

Need to score 350 in the first innings - Chandimal

Chandimal said that SL must score at least 350 in their first innings, failing which it would be tough for the visitors to 'stay in the game'
November 25, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi

Must-win scenario beckons battle-weary Sri Lanka

They do not have a Test win in India and they must find one in Delhi to level the series
November 28, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 4th day

India experience will help identify the right characters - Pothas

November 12, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 4th day

Contrasting year for Sri Lanka and India

Stats highlights from India's comprehensive win in Nagpur
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 4th day

Ashwin quickest to 300 wickets, India record joint-biggest win

It is not easy to keep turning up after you have wasted all the good fortune in one Test and then lost the second Test on the first day itself
November 28, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 3rd day

Kohli, Rohit bat Sri Lanka out of Nagpur Test

India continued to reap a rich harvest for all the hard work done sowing the crop on day two
November 28, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 2nd day

Dasun Shanaka penalised for 'changing condition of ball'

The Sri Lanka allrounder has been handed three demerit points, and a fine worth 75% of his match fees, after being caught on television "picking up an area on the ball next to the seam several times."
November 22, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 2nd day

SL haven't played spin well in last two years - Thilan Samaraweera

The newly appointed batting coach believes Sri Lanka have not played spin very well over the past two years and that they need to rectify that in the off season
November 23, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 2nd day

Vijay's sweet release after an eight-month wait

Injury had deprived him from his fans, but on Saturday, those familiar wristy flicks were back. So were the deft glides behind point. For a moment, it seemed like he'd never even left
November 24, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 2nd day

Vijay, Pujara grind Sri Lanka into Nagpur dust

Take out the excessive assistance from the Kolkata surface, and the first session of day two in Nagpur might have been Sri Lanka's best session with the ball ... for no wicket
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 2nd day

You can't be missing straight balls at this level - Pothas

And while admitting that the SL batsmen let themselves down, Nic Pothas defended the shot selections that dismissed both Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella
November 12, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 1st day

Ashwin, Jadeja say 'hello again'

After bowling 10 overs together in Kolkata, Ashwin and Jadeja were back to their tactics of threatening both edges of the bat, and targeting the stumps at all times for bowled and lbw dismissals
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 1st day

Thirimanne the bunny, and Ashwin-Jadeja v Kumble-Harbhajan

The stats highlights from the opening day of the Nagpur Test include the Ashwin-Thirimanne history, the Jadeja-Ashwin partnership, Karunaratne's prolific 2017, and more
November 23, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur, 1st day

Ashwin, Jadeja hand India advantage on 11-wicket day

Sri Lanka won their second toss of the series and decided to bat first on what both captains reckoned was a good pitch for Test cricket
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur

Seam-friendly tracks against SL the only way to prepare for SA - Kohli

The short gap between the Sri Lanka series and the South Africa tour has forced the team to get into a "game situation" as preparation for the tour, according to the India captain Virat Kohli
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur

Nagpur pitch less seam-friendly than Eden Gardens - Chandimal

The Sri Lanka captain said the team is prepared to field a fifth bowler or an allrounder in keeping with their "changed" attitude to win the match
November 25, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Nagpur

SL's chance to shift India's focus from South Africa

Sri Lanka need drastic improvement in every facet of their game to compete with India, who are yet to lose a bilateral series under Virat Kohli
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 5th day

Excited by how Sri Lanka fought over four days - Pothas

The Sri Lanka coach said the side's process of improving began soon after their 3-0 series loss to India at home earlier this year
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 5th day

Kohli joint-fastest to 50 international tons

Kohli's second-innings hundred was his ninth in 2017. He has six more internationals this year to set a new record
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 5th day

Sri Lanka hang on for draw after brutal Shami, Bhuvneshwar bursts

Suranga Lakmal generated bounce and sharp lateral movement both ways to dismiss three top-order batsmen, giving Sri Lanka a chance to upset India on the fifth day at the Eden Gardens
November 28, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 4th day

A crucial innings, the Rangana Herath way

Rangana Herath mixed some cracking shots square of the wicket with a good sprinkling of plays and misses in a unique innings that was frustrating for India and very, very handy for Sri Lanka
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 4th day

A rare perfect 10 for India's fast bowlers

Bhuvneshwar and Shami continued their impressive run at Eden Gardens as India's fast bowlers completely outbowled their spin twins
November 29, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 4th day

Rahul and Dhawan carry India into lead with ease

Mohammed Shami, on his home ground, rattled through Sri Lanka's middle order on a grassy pitch to restrict Sri Lanka's lead to 91 at lunch on the fourth day of the Kolkata Test
November 20, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 4th day

Dilruwan survives after unusual review

After being adjudged lbw Dilruwan turned around and began walking back towards the dressing room, only to turn around and ask for a review, and the decision was overturned after replays suggested the ball had hit outside the line of off stump
November 20, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day

'It's about runs on such pitches' - Mathews

'Fifties won't take us anywhere, we will need hundreds on this pitch, says Sri Lanka batsman
November 28, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day

Sri Lanka well placed to take first-innings lead

With the sun out on the third morning in Kolkata, swing ceased but on a grassy pitch, Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal used the prevailing seaming conditions to bowl India out for 172 by lunch
November 23, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 2nd day

India wobble against seam before rain washes out second day

India went to lunch at 74 for 5, losing Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin to loose strokes, as rain forced an early break in Kolkata
November 26, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, 1st day

Breaks in play stopped batsmen from finding rhythm - Bangar

In the other camp, Sri Lanka bowling coach Ratnayake praised Lakmal, saying his spell was among the best he has seen "in a long time", but was also wary that batting would be equally difficult for his team on this surface
November 21, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st test, Kolkata, 1st day

Lakmal 6-6-0-3 tortures India in tough conditions

As if to continue with the "South Africa arrives early" theme, India were put in on a green pitch after a four-hour rain delay in Kolkata
November 11, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st test, Kolkata

Sri Lanka resume search for first Test win in India

But for that to happen, their batting needs serious improvement considering at least one of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be back after spending three months being "rested" or "rotated"
November 27, 2021
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata

Important to play five bowlers against good Test sides - Chandimal

The Sri Lanka captain said that using five bowlers - to aid in taking 20 wickets in the match - and staying energetic in the field through the Test was important against Pakistan and will remain so in India
November 25, 2021
Indian Board President's XI v Sri Lankans, warm-up game, Kolkata

Sri Lanka bowlers get a workout in only warm-up game

Only Lakshan Sandakan bowled more than 10 overs as Sanju Samson struck a quickfire 128, off 143 balls, on the second day of the warm-up game in Kolkata
November 27, 2021
Indian Board President's XI v Sri Lankans, Kolkata, 1st day

SL batsmen make strong start to India tour

Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella made half-centuries as the tourists ended the first day at 411 for 6
November 27, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Lahore

'We are happy and privileged to be here' - SLC president

Thilanga Sumathipala sent out a message of solidarity with Pakistan, reiterating that the PCB and and the government of Pakistan have stood by Sri Lanka in the past
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Lahore

Pakistan cruise to win on Lahore's big night

The series is already decided, but the match still holds a lot of meaning as Sri Lanka return to Pakistan for the first time since 2009
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Lahore

SL team surrounded by 'extraordinary' security arrangements in Lahore

With roads sealed off and huge security convoys, the security arrangements provided to the Sri Lanka team are similar to the protocol followed for a presidential visit
November 25, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Lahore

The hidden benefits of Sri Lanka's return to Lahore

The SLC has gone out of its way to ensure the tour goes ahead, and its president Thilanga Sumathipala stands to gain considerable favour
November 15, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, Lahore

Lahore readies itself for that international feeling

The city might be gaining a new familiarity with the feeling of hosting international cricket, but there is additional meaning to this latest match, given the identity of the visiting team
November 25, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Abu Dhabi

Shadab swings low-scoring scrap with ball and bat

Sri Lanka need to win on Friday to keep the series alive
November 22, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st T20, Abu Dhabi

Hasan, Malik star in emphatic Pakistan win

A listless batting effort resulted in an inexperienced Sri Lanka side remaining winless in the limited-overs leg of the series
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Abu Dhabi

Embattled Sri Lanka seek inspiration to improve wretched 2017

Pakistan, on the other hand, are coming into the T20 series with the confidence of a fantastic run in limited-overs matches this year
November 26, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Sharjah

Sri Lanka suffer 12th straight defeat

All the statistical peaks Pakistan scaled and the statistical troughs Sri Lanka plumbed during the fifth ODI in Sharjah
November 21, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Sharjah

Pakistan complete 5-0 after Usman bags five in 21 balls

Sri Lanka bolstered their bowling with the inclusions of Dushmantha Chameera and Vishwa Fernando, while Pakistan brought in another all-round option in Faheem Ashraf
November 21, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 3rd women's T20I, Coolidge

Dottin ton, Matthews four-for lead WI to series sweep

Deandra Dottin's second T20I century and Hayley Matthews four-for consigned Sri Lanka to a sixth straight loss on the tour
November 25, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Sharjah

Can Sri Lanka avoid another whitewash?

Sri Lanka have been at the wrong end of 5-0 scorelines twice this year, against South Africa and India. Can they find a way to evade the same fate against Pakistan?
November 15, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd women's T20I, Coolidge

Fletcher five-for steamrolls Sri Lanka for 107

Legspinner Afy Fletcher's career-best 5 for 12 helped West Indies clinched the T20I series and kept Sri Lanka winless after five matches on the tour
November 26, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah

Hasan Ali, spinners make it 4-0 for Pakistan

Sri Lanka have won the toss and chosen to bat first in the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah
November 27, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st women's T20I, Antigua

WI women keep SL to 69 to take 1-0 lead

A total of 140 proved more than enough as Shakera Selman took 2 for 7 in three overs, Anisa Mohammed finished with 2 for 14 in four and the even their most expensive bowler only conceded runs at 4.5 to the over
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah

Dispirited Sri Lanka desperate to end 10-match rut

With the series wrapped up and the series moving to a venue at which Pakistan will feel closest to home, their next goal will be to extend their own seven-game winning streak
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi

Hasan five-for, Imam debut ton sink Sri Lanka

In a must-win game for Sri Lanka, their captain Upul Tharanga opted to bat, saying the side aimed to put runs on the board for the first time this series
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi

Must-win for sinking Sri Lanka against soaring Pakistan

Sri Lanka have lost nine ODIs in a row. Pakistan have won eight of their last nine. Is there any way for Sri Lanka to keep the series alive?
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

Azam, Shadab complete Pakistan's incredible comeback

The pitch is expected to slow down through the day, but dew is also expected - so how things pan out in the second innings remains to be seen
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

Unchanged Pakistan eye more dominance in ODI series

Pakistan look significantly stronger than their opponents at the moment but Sri Lanka will be looking to bounce back on the back of their undoubted ability
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Dubai

Babar's ton, Malik's 81 take Pakistan 1-0 up

On a dry surface that has historically favoured chasing teams, captain Upul Tharanga preferred batting second, perhaps also mindful of the dew factor
November 22, 2021
West Indies v Sri Lanka, ICC Women's Championship, Tarouba

West Indies spinners set up win in low-scoring match

Hayley Matthews, Afy Fletcher and Stafanie Taylor led the charge for West Indies as Sri Lanka collapsed from 63 for 1 to 136 all out
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Dubai

SL carry edge heading into ODIs after Test triumphs

Having suffered a 2-0 defeat in the longest format, Pakistan will look to channel their inner Champions Trophy winners to wrest the momentum from the visitors in the ODI series opener
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 5th day

Assertion sparks Sri Lanka's Chandimal reign

Against Zimbabwe and India, Sri Lanka had not begun to respond to their new leader. But Dinesh Chandimal put a stamp on his outfit with bold leadership against Pakistan
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 5th day

The 5467-day wait to beat Pakistan in UAE

Fifteen years, 5467 days on, Pakistan suffered a Test series defeat in the UAE at the hands of Sri Lanka, who pulled off a feat beyond Australia, South Africa and England
November 18, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day

End of Pakistan's spotless decade in the UAE

Statistical highlights of the fifty day of the second Test in Dubai between Sri Lanka and Pakistan
November 25, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 5th day

Dilruwan's five-for seals memorable series sweep

Asad Shafiq's fighting 112 was not enough as Sri Lanka picked up the last five wickets in the first 90 minutes of the final day
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day

Sri Lanka's first-innings feast, second-innings famine

Statistical highlights of Sri Lanka's third-innings collapse in Dubai against Pakistan
November 21, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day

Shafiq, Sarfraz revive Pakistan to set up thrilling fifth day

Wahab finishes with 4 for 41 in a fiery effort to dismantle Sri Lanka in just 26 overs early on the fourth day
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 3rd day

How Sri Lanka's fast bowlers have outdone Pakistan's

For the work they have put in against the heat, and the helpless pitches, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep deserve much praise
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 3rd day

Sri Lanka take control after 15-wicket day

Sri Lanka took four large strides towards claiming a tight grip on the Dubai Test, removing Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam in the first session of day three
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day

Karunaratne's hunger for long innings

Dimuth Karunaratne has played some remarkably long innings recently, and is emerging as a batting leader for Sri Lanka post the Jayawardene-Sangakkara era
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day

Sri Lanka in control after Karunaratne 196

Reduced to three specialist bowlers in the wake of Amir's shin niggle, Pakistan were run ragged by the opener and Niroshan Dickwella
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 1st day

Inside the heart of a Karunaratne classic

Being excluded from the ODI squad seemed not to bother the Sri Lanka opener, as he scored his seventh Test hundred to give his team control of the innings
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 1st day

Karunaratne ton helps Sri Lanka build steadily

Sri Lanka replaced the injured Lahiru Thirimanne with Sadeera Samarawickrama, while Lakshan Sandakan made way for Lahiru Gamage
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai

'Sri Lanka are not going to play for a draw' - Chandimal

The captain also said the onus was on the fast-bowlers to make the best use of the slightly more seamer-friendly conditions a day-night Test offers
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai

Pakistan's curious affair with day-night Test cricket

It's expensive to host in the UAE, the market circumstances are unlike others in the cricket world, and the turnout is negligible. So why does Pakistan insist on playing pink-ball cricket there?
November 29, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai

Sri Lanka's 'upset' adds significance to day-night Test

Pakistan were favourites to begin due to Sri Lanka's misadventures more than their own conquests. Now that the 'underdogs' are leading 1-0, there's much to play for with the pink ball
November 14, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

When Herath tormented Pakistan

Five previous instances when Rangana Herath spun Sri Lanka to victory against Pakistan
November 14, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day

'Want Herath throughout my career' - Chandimal

Sri Lanka captain "over the moon" after pulling off Abu Dhabi heist
November 27, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day

Pakistan's final-day batting - a disaster foretold

History or no history, with or without #MisYou, Pakistan's final-day collapses have been a constant since August last year
November 26, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day

From 841 for 20 to 252 for 20

The Abu Dhabi match witnessed one of the rarest reversal of fortunes in Test history.
November 22, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, Day 5

Herath and his fourth-innings heists

Sri Lanka have defended scores of less than 250 only four times in their Test history. Every single time, Rangana Herath has been at the centre of it all
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

Herath: first left-arm spinner to 400 Test wickets

Statistical highlights of Rangana Herath's 400-wicket Test career
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day, October 2, 2017

Herath's 400th wicket seals dramatic victory for Sri Lanka

Niroshan Dickwella frustrated Pakistan momentarily, but the bowlers made quick work of Sri Lanka's batting order before lunch. The target, therefore, is 136 on a surface that offers varied turn and bounce
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

Haris Sohail leaves his hell behind

Despite the talk that came with him being selected over the perpetually in-form Fawad Alam, and with the added pressure of Pakistan being in trouble, Haris Sohail astutely put together the "best day of his career"
November 21, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

Herath v Azhar Ali: Seven innings, seven dismissals

Rangana Herath has dismissed Azhar Ali seven times in the last five Tests
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day, October 1, 2017

Pakistan spinners take four to set up exciting final day

Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath took two wickets each on the fourth day's first session as Pakistan looked to reduce Sri Lanka's lead
November 27, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day, September 30, 2017

Seven sessions of grind

Test matches in the UAE tend to unravel after three days of slow cricket, and the Pakistan-Sri Lanka encounter is no different
November 26, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day, September 30, 2017

Azhar Ali leads Pakistan's crawl towards parity

Late wickets in the session, from spinners Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath, helped both teams share honours after their openers gave Pakistan a resolute start to the day
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day

Nine hours of captain Chandimal

This wasn't a madcap dash like his 169-ball 162 in Galle two years ago. It was, instead, a quiet epic, the innings of an extravagantly gifted batsman adapting to leadership
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day

Dinesh Chandimal: nine hundreds, six bail-outs

Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal is building a reputation as a batsman who can make Test hundreds to rescue his team
November 28, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, 2nd day, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan unscathed after Chandimal ton takes SL to 419

Dinesh Chandimal's 109 was barely watchable, but invaluable given its context; it helped Sri Lanka post their first 300-plus score in four Tests
November 26, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

Karunaratne shines as Sri Lanka savour unremarkable day

Amid tumult, Dimuth Karunaratne has been Sri Lanka's lynchpin; he is the team's leading Test scorer this year, and fifth in the world
November 28, 2021
Pak v SL, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

Yasir's 150 in quick time

Yasir Shah became the quickest spinner in Test history to 150 wickets
November 27, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, 1st day, Abu Dhabi

Karunaratne 93, Chandimal 60* carry SL to safety

Upon returning to Test cricket, Silva and Thirimanne provided reminders of why they had been dropped in the first place, before Mendis was also dismissed in the last over before lunch
November 21, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 1st day

Sri Lanka bat; Pakistan give Haris Sohail a debut

Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch that had a bit of grass on it in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan gave middle-order batsman Haris Sohail a Test debut
November 21, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan, Sri Lanka resume bout without heavyweights

Both teams have played 14 Tests against each other this decade, but how will they respond to the unfamiliar situation of not having familiar faces?
November 11, 2021
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan's transition an advantage for SL bowling - Chandimal

Pakistan will begin working out their batting order after the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, and Dinesh Chandimal believes a settled Sri Lanka bowling attack can exploit this
November 11, 2021
Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd Test, Chittagong

Lyon cracks the Asian challenge

Nathan Lyon became only the second non-Asian, after Ian Botham, to take 13 wickets in a Test in Asia
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, only T20I, Colombo

Kohli records most runs in T20I chases

The Indian captain also surpasses Suresh Raina to become India's highest run-getter in T20s
November 14, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, only T20I, Colombo

Kohli, Pandey lead the way as India complete 9-0 sweep

With the start delayed by 40 minutes and rain likely to remain an influence on the one-off T20I, Virat Kohli, India's captain, chose to bowl at the Premadasa Stadium
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, only T20I, Colombo

Last chance for Sri Lanka to redeem wretched home run

India are brimming with confidence after sweeping both the Test and ODI legs of their Sri Lanka tour, but the home side will hope their recent successes in the shortest format can spur them towards a consolation win
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Colombo

Kohli's century tally second only to Tendulkar

A maiden whitewash at home and astounding batting averages make up some of the statistical highlights from the fifth ODI in Colombo
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Colombo

Bhuvneshwar, Kohli lead India to 5-0 sweep

Upul Tharanga, returning to lead Sri Lanka after serving a two-match over-rate suspension, chose to bat first after rain delayed the toss by 40 minutes in Colombo
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Colombo

India eye series whitewash, Dhawan to miss final match

A 5-0 result seems likely given India's dominance in the series but Sri Lanka will hope Upul Tharanga's return can spur them to a solitary victory
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Colombo

Fatigue weighing down Mendis - SL batting coach

Kusal Mendis is yet to make a substantial impact in the ODIs, producing scores of 36, 19, 1 and 1 so far
November 15, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Premadasa Stadium

Kohli and Rohit's flourishing partnership

India's 30-over sprint, Kohli's century dart, and other statistical highlights from India's innings in the fourth ODI at the Premadasa
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo

Kohli, Rohit smash hundreds in crushing victory

Virat Kohli, India's captain, chose to bat on a hot and humid afternoon at the Premadasa Stadium, on a hard pitch expected to be full of runs
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo

Series lost, Sri Lanka chase assured World-Cup spot

Losses in the final two ODIs may not keep Sri Lanka from automatically qualifying for World Cup 2019 - a lot depends on West Indies - but it's a risk they will not want to take
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Premadasa Stadium

Defiant Malinga not ready to walk away yet

Sri Lanka's stand-in captain feels he is regaining some of the old rhythm, and wants to add more skills to his repertoire
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Crowd trouble from displeased SL fans delays India's win

With India needing eight runs to win, Sri Lanka fans, clearly displeased with their team's show, began to throw plastic bottles into the ground causing a 35-minute disruption
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

India's eighth consecutive bilateral ODI series win against SL

Stats highlights from the third ODI in Pallekele where Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah secured another series win for India against Sri Lanka
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Chandimal fractures thumb, ruled out of India series

Dinesh Chandimal's involvement in the remainder of the India series is in doubt due to a hairline fracture he sustained after being hit on the right thumb while batting in Pallekele
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Bumrah five-for, Rohit ton secure series win for India

Chasing sides have won each of the last seven ODIs on the island, but Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedara has chosen to bat first on a Pallekele track that he expects to be full of runs
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Sri Lanka, new leader in tow, look to keep series alive

An injury and a suspension mean Sri Lanka are depleted going into the third ODI. Will India clinch the series or will the hosts, under new captain Kapugedera, manage to pull one back?
November 17, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Pallekele

India's record eighth-wicket stand, and Dananjaya's dream spell

The Sri Lanka spinner's figures of 6 for 54 were his country's best in a losing cause in ODIs
November 12, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Pallekele

Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar trump Dananjaya's 6 for 54

India's luck with the tosses continued and Virat Kohli took advantage of it by inserting Sri Lanka in to bat when the pitch might just be a touch slow
November 19, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Pallekele

Onus on youngsters to lift Sri Lanka out of the pits

India would not have expected their successes to come quite as easily as they have so far on this tour. There's little to suggest the trend will be bucked in Pallekele
November 13, 2021
India in Sri Lanka 2017

Pothas 'very happy' with 'hugely supportive' SLC

The interim coach was earlier critical of fickle selections following the nine-wicket loss in Dambulla, but has now struck an optimistic note about the team's prospects
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Coach Nic Pothas critical of Sri Lanka's fickle selections

The interim coach has also expressed his annoyance at outsiders meddling in team matters
November 20, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Dhawan smashes his fastest ODI century

Shikhar Dhawan also paired with Virat Kohli to bring up the highest second-wicket partnership by any pair in Sri Lanka
November 26, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Dhawan leads brutal rout of Sri Lanka

For the fourth time on this tour, the coin fell in India's favour and Virat Kohli opted to chase, citing the way in which the ball came onto the bat when they practiced under lights on the eve of the match
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Can ailing Sri Lanka spring a surprise?

India have runs, wickets, form and confidence on their side. Sri Lanka have the distant memory of that Oval victory and familiarity with conditions on theirs
November 13, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Players mature quickly under new team culture - Kohli

This Indian team has rid itself of a culture in which newcomers were judged, according to Virat Kohli
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

'Worst series loss of my career' - Chandimal

Not once could Sri Lanka push a Test match to the fifth day and the new captain Dinesh Chandimal felt quite badly about that
November 21, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Where does India's rout of Sri Lanka rank in their history?

India's 3-0 series win over Sri Lanka was their first ever clean sweep away from home in a series of three or more Tests
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

A rare clean sweep away from home

Stats highlights from the third day of the Pallekele Test between Sri Lanka and India
November 18, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Ashwin, Shami lead three-day rout as India complete whitewash

India moved three steps closer to an innings win in Pallekele courtesy an hour of high-quality bowling from Mohammed Shami and R Ashwin
November 25, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rdTest, Pallekele

Don't remember when I last scored hundred - Pandya

After scoring his first Test hundred - also his first official one - the India allrounder was so intoxicated that he just started blurting things out
November 22, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 2nd day

Pandya's sprint before lunch

Maiden first-class ton in a Test, a century in a single session, and other statistical highlights from Hardik Pandya's 96-ball 108 on the second day in Pallekele
November 11, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 2nd day

Pandya's maiden ton headlines 15-wicket day

A brilliantly paced maiden Test hundred from Hardik Pandya stretched India's first-innings total far beyond Sri Lanka's comfort levels over the course of an extended morning session on day two
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day

Sri Lanka's glorious competence

After being pummeled for 1462 runs in three innings, the hosts, led by two rookie left-arm spinners, were sublimely adequate for most of the first day in Pallekele
November 28, 2021
Sri Lanka news

Need to make first-class pitches suited to fast bowlers - Vaas

Sri Lanka's bowling coach has drawn attention to the tendency to produce spin-friendly pitches in first-class cricket that are stifling the development of quick bowlers
November 27, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day

India get away with batting errors

At another time, India might have been pushed into a corner after going for shots and losing 141 for 6 but insurance in the form of the lower order and a strong bowling attack could remedy the batting slump
November 16, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day

Highest opening stand by a visiting team in Sri Lanka

Stats highlights from a banner day for Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in Pallekele
November 19, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day

Sri Lanka fight back after Dhawan-Rahul stand

Virat Kohli won his third toss of the series and chose to bat once again, expecting the pitch to break up after the second day and provide increasing help to the spinners
November 24, 2021
Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, Pallekele

Sri Lanka pin hopes on quicks to avoid whitewash

Both teams have lost an influential spinner - Ravindra Jadeja and Rangana Herath, but India still appear to have all bases covered on a green Pallekele surface