14December2017

Athulatha

මෙරට ක්‍රිකට් සමාජ විසින් ඔවුන්ගේ ඡන්ද බලය පෙන්වා ක්‍රිකට් පාලක මණ්ඩලය සිරකොට ඇති බවත් එය ගැලවීමට නොහැකි වුවහොත් ක්‍රිකට් පාලක මණ්ඩලය විසුරුවා හරින බවත් ක්‍රීඩා අමාත්‍ය දයාසිරි ජයසේකර මහතා පැවැසීය. ඔහු එම අදහස් පළ කළේ ඊයේ (06දා) ප්‍රවෘත්ති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේදී පැවැති කැබිනට් තීරණ දැනුම්දීමේ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවට සහභාගි වෙමින්ය.එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් දයාසිරි ජයසේකර මහතා මෙසේද කීවේය.ක්‍රීඩා 62ක් මා යටතේ තිබෙනවා. ඒත් ඉතා අසීරු අවස්ථාවක හැර කිසිම ක්‍රීඩාවකට අතුරු පාලක මණ්ඩල පත් කිරීමට මා සූදානම් නැහැ. සමහර ක්‍රීඩාවලට විශාල ප්‍රශ්න ගණනාවක් තිබුණත් ඒවට මුහුණ දී හොඳින් වැඩකටයුතු කරනවා. හොකී හා බැඩ්මින්ටන් සම්බන්ධව උසාවියේ නඩු කටයුතු සිදුවෙනවා. ඒත් මම ඒවට අතුරු පාලක මණ්ඩල පත් කරන්න…

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NAGPUR, Tuesday : Sri Lanka’s leading spinner Rangana Herath is doubtful for the third and final cricket Test against India starting at the Feroz Shah Kotla grounds in Delhi on December 2 after complaining of back stiffness. The 39-year-old spinner suffered stiffness in his back during the second Test that ended here on Monday where he bowled 39 overs while India ran up 610-6 declared. “Rangana complained of stiffness in his back during the match. This happens to him whenever he tries to bowl a little faster. The track at Nagpur was slow and he was trying to bowl faster…

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Sri Lanka won their second toss of the series and decided to bat on what both captains reckoned was a good pitch for Test cricket, with a little bit of assistance expected for the quicks early before the spinners take over in the second innings. Sri Lanka didn't make any changes to their XI, which meant the unimpressive Lahiru Gamage got another game and the impressive Dasun Shanaka was entrusted with the role of the fifth bowler and lower-order batsman. India made three changes to their XI, two that could have been predicted and one forced on them. Mohammed Shami…

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London: Two of the world’s best batsmen will be in opposition when Australia’s Steve Smith and England’s Joe Root both lead their countries for the first time in an Ashes Test at Brisbane on Thursday. Smith may be an unorthodox run-scorer but he is currently top of the Test batting rankings and Root, a more classical stylist, is second in that table. Shoring up a fallible top order is something both Smith, with assistance from David Warner, and Root, backed up by a left-handed opener of his own in Alastair Cook, have got used to in recent months. If either…

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Kolkata: Skipper Virat Kohli scored his 50th international century Monday as India gave Sri Lanka a major scare before the first Test ended in a nerve-racking draw. Sri Lanka were reduced to 75-7 -- with paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking four wickets -- as they chased 231 for victory. Under intense pressure, Dasun Shanaka (six not out) and Rangana Herath (0) nervously played out the final few deliveries before bad light at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens came to the rescue. Kohli’s 119-ball 104 not out had put India on top and allowed them to declare their second innings on 352-8. The captain…

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KOLKATA, Thursday: Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal jolted India with three wickets, including skipper Virat Kohli, to leave them reeling at 17-3 on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test on Thursday. Lakmal claimed Lokesh Rahul with the first ball of the match at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens and bowled six overs without conceding a run. Put in after a long rain delay that washed away the first session, India batted for only 11.5 overs before bad light ended the day. Cheteshwar Punajara, on eight, and Ajinkya Rahane, yet to open his account, were left at the end after India…

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Injuries have been part and parcel of the Sri Lanka cricket team in recent years contributing largely to the poor standard of fielding. To say that injuries have been eradicated calls for some sort of appreciation. “Everyone is talking about injuries in cricket now finally after about 10-15 years we have zero injuries going into the Indian tour,” Prof. Arjuna de Silva told the Daily News. “Today’s Test series Sri Lanka is going into against India we have zero injuries. There are 42 players in the squad and all of them are available for selection.” “From the time we have…

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KUALA LUMPUR, Tuesday - India were knocked out of the U-19 Asia Cup after suffering their second straight defeat in three days. The defending champions lost to Nepal on Sunday and suffered a similar fate against Bangladesh on Tuesday to crash out of the tournament. Rain in Kuala Lumpur had forced the match to be reduced to 32 overs per side and Bangladesh, after electing to field, restricted India for 187 for 8 in 32 overs.   India were reduced to 87 for 4 at halfway mark and were struggling to find batsmen who could play out the overs. Salman…

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KOLKATA: Facing short balls and playing reverse sweeps against spinners were the highlights of Indian team’s training session as they geared up for the three-Test series against Sri Lanka. The Indian team support staff was seen giving throwdowns of short pitch deliveries as the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli warmed up for their first training session ahead of the Eden Gardens Test here on November 16. Rahane was the longest to take the throwdowns that went on for about half an hour. He was seen tested by short-pitch stuff, an indication of what…

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KOLKATA, Sunday: Sanju Samson struck a century as Sri Lanka’s two-day warm-up game against Indian Board President’s XI ended in a draw. All the 14 players, barring wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, rolled their arms over in the 75 overs of the hosts’ innings at the Jadhavpur University Ground in Kolkata. Sri Lanka declared their innings on their overnight score of 411. With the ball, however, they made an interesting start with Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne opening the attack. And surprisingly, the latter proved quite effective in his morning spell. With his medium pacers, he picked up the wickets of Tanmay…

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