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West Indies to open U-19 World Cup against New Zealand
The 22-day tournament will feature 16 teams and will be played between January 13 and February 3

Thisara, Siriwardana return to ODI squad
Sri Lanka's squad for the five-match series against India also includes Malinda Pushpakumara and Vishwa Fernando, who are yet to make their ODI debuts

'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

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

Ashwin, Shami lead three-day rout as India complete whitewash
R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami finished with combined second-innings figures of 43.3-12-100-7 as India completed a 3-0 whitewash with an innings win in Pallekele

Sri Lanka 'keen' to visit Pakistan for T20s in September
Pakistan could be on the verge of hosting their highest-profile international visitor in the last eight years, with Sri Lanka considering a visit for a T20 in September-October

Pandya's maiden ton headlines 15-wicket day
Hardik Pandya's maiden Test hundred was the highlight of a triumphant second day for India, who made Sri Lanka follow on for the second successive Test match

Sri Lanka to play World XI for charity match
The T20 match, featuring players from around the world, will be played for the benefit of disaster-affected children, at Khettarama

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

Sri Lanka fight back after Dhawan-Rahul stand
On a day of two halves, Sri Lanka's bowlers fought back after a 188-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, taking six wickets for 141 to leave the Pallekele Test nicely poised

Chandimal banks on Kumara, Fernando to fill void
The Sri Lanka captain has pinned his hopes on the inexperienced quicks to deliver in the absence of injured seniors Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal

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

SL pick Chameera, Gamage for third India Test
Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath left out on account of injuries; Danushka Gunathilaka also omitted

Ratnayake to head SL's fast-bowling programme
Rumesh Ratnayake's appointment does not have any immediate impact on Chaminda Vaas, who is the fast-bowling coach presenting working with the national team

Herath to be rested for Pallekele Test
The left-arm spinner pulled up with a stiff back in the second Test and will stay in Colombo to receive treatment. Two players will be added to Sri Lanka's squad for the third Test

Jadeja's five-for wraps up India's first innings win in Sri Lanka
The fastest left-armer to 150 Test wickets helped his team to a series victory away from home in eight days of cricket

Sri Lanka's sweeps challenges India's spinners
Things got rather more difficult for India's slow bowlers after they enforced the follow-on, as Sri Lanka delivered on their promise to use the sweep more

Mendis hundred and Karunaratne 92* defy India
After meekly folding for 183 all out in their first innings, Sri Lanka put forward a much better reply after they were made to follow-on

Pradeep out of series with hamstring injury
A grade-one tear has left Sri Lanka without their in-form fast bowler for the remainder of the Test series against India

Karunaratne also calls for stronger SL first-class competition
Dimuth Karunaratne has become the latest player to advocate for a stronger first-class competition in Sri Lanka

Rahane reveals thinking behind India's quick feet
Dancing down the track to Rangana Herath has proved a productive tactic for India's batsmen in this series, with the knock-on effect of creating opportunities to score off the back foot as well

Ashwin stars as India establish massive advantage
Having become the fastest to the double of 2000 Test runs and 250 wickets, India's premier offspinner had Sri Lanka's batsmen in a spin

Pujara, Rahane tons power India to 344 for 3
High-quality centuries from two high-quality India batsmen have put them in command of the Colombo Test

Our batsmen need to identify what risks to take - Chandimal
And with left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara with a shot to make his Test debut, the Sri Lanka captain said he was looking forward to the partnership with the other veteran left-armer Rangana Herath

Important to make Rahul feel secure - Kohli
India captain says communication channels within team will ensure the player who is left out understands the situation

Rahul set for return as India aim to close out series
Trailing 0-1, Sri Lanka will need a radical shift from their bowling plan in Galle, and will need to guard against complacency, if they are to keep the three-match series alive

Lahiru Thirimanne returns for SSC Test
Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has been recalled to the squad for the second Test against India, 13 months after he last played for Sri Lanka

Chandimal likely to return for second Test, Herath being monitored
Rangana Herath, however, is still being monitored after a finger injury in Galle, according to manager Asanka Gurusinha

'We are a better team than this' - Herath
The Sri Lanka captain said his team expected the pitch to be good for batting from before the game began, and wanted it to be so, but failed to execute their plans

Sri Lanka's return visit could impact India's tour to South Africa
Sri Lanka are scheduled to play India a second time in 2017, when they pay a return visit to the subcontinent for three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I in November and December

Ashwin, Jadeja wrap up 304-run win
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each as India secured their biggest away win in terms of runs, an hour after tea on the fourth day

No effort to exclude Ford from team matters, says Gurusinha
Sri Lanka's cricket manager defends his role as a liaison between team management and the board

Abhinav, Kohli extend India's lead to 498
India declined to enforce the follow-on after wrapping up a 309-run first-innings lead, and extended it by a further 189 runs by stumps on day three

Chamari Atapattu signs with Yorkshire for Kia Super League
The Sri Lankan batsman will replace Australia's Beth Mooney in Yorkshire's top order

India run through top order after amassing 600
India's lower order propelled them to 600 before their bowlers left Sri Lanka five down and 247 short of the follow-on mark at stumps on day two

Gunaratne out of India series, to undergo surgery on thumb
The injury also rules the Sri Lanka allrounder out of the ODI and T20 legs of the India tour

Dhawan, Pujara tons put India in control
Shikhar Dhawan's career-best 190 and a chanceless, unbeaten 144 led India to a commanding position on day one of the Galle Test

Galle's covered exterior sparks spectator displeasure
Sri Lanka Cricket have covered the outer periphery of the Galle Stadium with corrugated iron sheets and SLC branding, much to the resentment of the local spectators

Shaky Sri Lanka brace for tougher test
While India will rely on Cheteshwar Pujara in the absence of their first-choice openers, much of Sri Lanka's fortunes will depend on Kusal Mendis and stand-in captain Rangana Herath

Tillakaratne appointed Sri Lanka's temporary batting coach
Hashan Tillakaratne has joined the Sri Lanka team as temporary batting coach, and will be with the side until at least the end of the Test series against India

Dhananjaya, Pradeep return to Sri Lanka's Test squad
Batting allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva, uncapped left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, and seamer Nuwan Pradeep returned to Sri Lanka's squad for the first Test against India, in Galle

India batsmen tune up for Galle with runs
Virat Kohli was the only batsmen to make fifty plus, while Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha all crossed 30 before retiring out

World Cup was a learning curve - SL women's coach
Hemantha Devapriya said that competing with the top countries was an invaluable experience even though Sri Lanka came home with only one win in seven matches

Kuldeep, Jadeja rip through SL Board President's XI
Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav scythed through Sri Lanka Board President's batting to bowl them out for 187, before India finished the first warm-up day at 135 for 3

Vaas takes over from Ramanayake as bowling coach
The former fast bowler will guide Sri Lanka's pace attack for the series against India

Chandimal ruled out of Galle Test
The 27-year old has been diagnosed with pneumonia; Rangana Herath likely to lead

Herath leapfrogs Ashwin to second place
Hashim Amla, who scored fifties in each innings in Trent Bridge, returned to the top ten rankings for Test batsmen

Cremer proud despite 'rollercoaster of emotions'
Zimbabwe's captain said the team had chinks to work out - particularly with their bowling - and hoped this performance would get them the regular cricket needed for that

ICC clears Eranga's bowling action
Shaminda Eranga's action has been cleared after it was found illegal a little more than a year ago

Dickwella asked me to keep talking to him - Gunaratne
Asela Gunaratne was the go-to man on Tuesday - for Niroshan Dickwella, with whom he put on 121, and for captain Dinesh Chandimal

When underdogs came painfully close
In the wake of Zimbabwe's defeat to Sri Lanka, after being in control for the best part of five days, we look at other instances where underdogs have fumbled positions of strength

Dickwella, Gunaratne star in record chase
Sri Lanka pursued 388 - the highest successful chase on the island - with fifties from Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne

Karunaratne urges positivity over survival
Seeing out Graeme Cremer and staying positive will reverse a little pressure and bring a mammoth 388 target within reach, according to Dimuth Karunaratne

Raza credits Klusener for batting revival
Raza also acknowledged continuity, a theory endorsed by head coach Heath Streak and chief selector Tatenda Taibu, for their recent upswing

Mendis solid, SL need 218 on final day
Graeme Cremer stuck himself into Sri Lanka's flesh on the fourth day, first making a stubborn 48 from No. 9, then claiming two wickets, as Zimbabwe dismissed three Sri Lankan batsmen in their defense of 388

Pitch eased out during Zimbabwe revival - SL coach
The soft ball turned less sharply off the pitch and the Khettarama surface itself has become easier to bat on, according to Sri Lanka's interim head coach Nic Pothas, thus allowing Zimbabwe's revival

Raza and Waller stretch Zimbabwe's lead to 262
Sikandar Raza's adventurous 97 not out helped Zimbabwe recover from 59 for 5 on the third day at Khettarama

Manodara 84 ensures Sri Lanka clinch thriller
Pakistan needed 16 runs in 21 balls when their last wicket fell, consigning them to two entire World-Cup campaigns without a single victory

'Lead will be a bonus' - Streak
With one eye on how difficult it will be to bat in the fourth inning in Colombo, Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak is keen on securing a first-innings lead

SL should have been in a better position - Herath
The left-arm spinner warned that batting last at Khettarama 'won't be easy' and suggested Sri Lanka should have done better with the bat

Sri Lanka batting lapses give Zimbabwe edge
A marathon spell from captain Graeme Cremer has allowed Zimbabwe to seriously think about securing a first-innings lead over Sri Lanka in Colombo

'Expected little more bounce' - Gurusinha
Sri Lanka's cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said the team was slightly let down by lack of bounce and slow pace of the the R Premadasa Stadium surface

Ervine's 151* headlines Zimbabwe's day
A career-best unbeaten 151 from Craig Ervine held a resurgent Zimbabwe together on the first day at the Premadasa Stadium, lifting them from a shaky 70 for 4 to a stumps total of 344 for 8

Cremer backs Zimbabwe to counter Herath
Rangana Herath had taken 19 wickets in two Tests against Zimbabwe in 2016 - and that was away from home. Now, Zimbabwe have to battle him in his own backyard

'Goal is No. 1, but can't do that in a year' - Chandimal
Sri Lanka's new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal's objective is to take a languishing Sri Lanka side to the top of the rankings, but insisted on patience in their climb

Can confident Zimbabwe topple Chandimal's Sri Lanka?
Zimbabwe seem confident about beating Sri Lanka in their backyard for the first time in Tests, but new captain Dinesh Chandimal won't easily let that happen

Ismail, van Niekerk book semi-final berth for South Africa
South Africa ensured a place in the semi-finals with a resounding eight-wicket win, led by Dane van Niekerk and Shabnim Ismail

Dhananjaya de Silva dropped for Zimbabwe Test
Limited-overs opener Danushka Gunathilaka made his first entry into Sri Lanka's Test squad, thanks largely to his excellent ODI form over the past six weeks

Chandimal to lead SL in Tests, Tharanga in shorter formats
Dinesh Chandimal has been named Sri Lanka's new Test captain, after Angelo Mathews stepped down from the role in all formats on Tuesday

Hambantota groundstaff stripped of pants, SLC to investigate
SLC will launch an inquiry into the decision to strip Hambantota Stadium groundstaff of their branded SLC trousers - which they had been wearing - following the fifth ODI against Zimbabwe

Mathews steps down as Sri Lanka captain
Angelo Mathews has stepped down as Sri Lanka captain in all three formats

Autopsy of Sri Lanka's humiliating defeat
After their first ever home-series loss to Zimbabwe, the signs that Sri Lanka's cricket is in trouble are becoming impossible to ignore

Semi-final berths up for grabs in triple-header
ESPNcricinfo previews the three Women's World Cup Games to be played on July 12, 2017

Fielding separates teams; our fielding was brilliant - Cremer
Zimbabwe's captain singled out Tarisai Musakanda's diving catch at point to dismiss Akila Dhananjaya as the turning point of the 5th ODI

One of the lowest points in my career - Mathews
Following the 2-3 defeat to Zimbabwe in the home ODI series, the Sri Lanka captain also suggested he will consider stepping down from the captaincy

Raza stars in historic series win
Zimbabwe bowled with venom, fielded with pep and batted with intelligence to win the deciding fifth ODI in Hambantota and stun Sri Lanka 3-2 for their first away series win since 2009

Aguilleira, spinners hand West Indies first win
Sri Lanka paid a hefty price for letting West Indies off the hook from a vulnerable position, leaving them still in search of their maiden win in this Women's World Cup

Zimbabwe hold the aces in series decider
With the series drawn level at 2-2, Zimbabwe will look to exploit Sri Lanka's bowling woes, while the hosts will rely on their in-form top order to clinch the series

Mathews unsure about captaining in 2019 World Cup
A second ODI loss to Zimbabwe in the ongoing series, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews conceded, has put his captaincy under significant pressure, and he hinted that he is unsure if he will lead the side in the next World Cup

'They probably didn't expect us to win' - Cremer
Having drawn the series level, the Zimbabwe captain said his side always believed they could chase down big totals and that the pressure will be more on Sri Lanka going into the decider

Australia, England set to revive rivalry
Australia and England will look to firm up their chances of a semi-final spot, even as Sri Lanka and West Indies pursue their first win in this edition

Calm Ervine helps Zimbabwe draw level
Sri Lanka managed only 300 for 6 after looking to post in excess of 350 at one stage. That Zimbabwe have only 301 to chase, in a bid to save the series, was courtesy a strong bowling effort in the death overs that included regular wickets

Zimbabwe need bowling revival to keep series alive
Zimbabwe must now win both remaining matches, if they are to avoid a series defeat, but a newly inspired Sri Lanka top order stands in their way

India's next away Test in Galle on July 26
The team is set to depart for Sri Lanka to play three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I

Gunathilaka, Dickwella thrash Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka's openers put on 229 and hit their maiden ODI hundreds in the same match as they hacked down a 300+ target more than two overs to spare

Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav lead India to fourth win in a row
A measured all-round display of 78 runs and figures of 10-3-46-1 from Deepti Sharma led India to their fourth straight win, beating Sri Lanka by 16 runs in Derby

Pitch, crosswind challenges for teams in Hambantota
With ODI cricket returning to Hambantota for the first time since 2015, the nature of the pitch for the third ODI between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe remains a mystery

Australia, India eye fourth win on the trot
ESPNcricinfo previews the three Women's World Cup matches to be played on July 5, 2017

Knight, Taylor wrap up victory after Marsh's four
England continued to make confident strides after their defeat in the opening match of the tournament, as classy half-centuries from Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor saw them to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Hasaranga hat-trick, Sandakan four; Zimbabwe 155
A new-look Sri Lanka spin attack hit the ground running to dismiss Zimbabwe for 155 and set up a seven-wicket win in the second ODI in Galle

'Hopefully we'll get more support back home' - Mire
The opener said his Man-of-the-Match effort was "very satisfying" and gave the team confidence that could hopefully rub off on their supporters as well

Dickwella fined for attempted Mire stumping
Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 30% of his match fee, and handed two demerit points, for a stumping attempt that was deemed to be "contrary to the spirit of the game" by match officials

Malinga, Mendis unlikely for second ODI due to illness
Sri Lanka are likely to be without Lasith Malinga and Kusal Mendis in the second ODI against Zimbabwe, with both having contracted influenza and being recommended 48 hours of rest

Sri Lanka seek way out of the abyss
Sri Lanka need to tighten their fielding and take wickets in the middle overs if they are to bounce back from a deflating loss in the first ODI

Mathews blames sloppy fielding for another defeat
Three catches were dropped during the innings - two of them off top-scorer Solomon Mire - as Sri Lanka failed to defend a target of 317

Mire's maiden ton scripts record chase
Solomon Mire's belligerent 112 and half-centuries from Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza helped Zimbabwe run down Sri Lanka's 316 and register the highest successful chase by any team in the country

Lanning 152* trumps Atapattu 178*
Australia sauntered to an eight-wicket victory in Bristol but only after they were forced to chase 258 courtesy a marvellous unbeaten 178 from Chamari Atapattu

Depleted Sri Lanka offer Zimbabwe a glimmer
While the result of a Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe match would be predictable in normal circumstances, the first ODI may give Zimbabwe a chance to break their drought in Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe schedule makes player retention hard, says Streak
Zimbabwe's head coach believes his team has the goods to beat any side, but constantly losing talent has not made their job easy

Chandimal left out for first two Zimbabwe ODIs
The squad includes 19-year-old allrounder Wanidu Hasaranga, while Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Madushanka and Dushmantha Chameera have been recalled

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