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SLC looking to relaunch showpiece T20 league
The board has not begun planning the event yet, but it has taken the preliminary step of blocking out a three-week slot in August and September 2019

Rohit's rampaging double-ton levels series
Rohit Sharma razed his way to an unbeaten 208, his third ODI double-ton, to thrust India to a series-levelling win in 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

Sri Lanka rout India to snap 12-game losing streak
Sri Lanka's seamers, led by Suranga Lakmal, used swinging and seaming conditions in Dharamsala to rip through India, setting up a seven-wicket rout that also snapped their 12-game losing streak in ODIs

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

Chandika Hathurusingha appointed Sri Lanka coach
Chandika Hathurusingha has been appointed Sri Lanka's new head coach and will begin his new role on December 20, at the start of the T20I series in India

ICC to take up pollution issue after Delhi Test draws criticism
The Indian Medical Association wrote to the BCCI saying it was troubled by the Test match taking place in hazardous conditions while Sri Lanka manager Asanka Gurusinha urged ICC to deploy air-quality meters in the future

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

Dhananjaya, Roshen deny India 2-0
Dhananjaya de Silva and the debutant Roshen Silva were Sri Lanka's fifth-day heroes as they fought their way to a drawn third Test

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

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

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

Kusal Perera back in Sri Lanka ODI squad
Kusal Mendis, who was rested for the Test series, was not among the 16 men picked by the selection committee

SL players asked to disembark flight by sports minister
The unprecedented action was justified by citing Sri Lanka's sports law which states that all national squads are subject to the sports minister's approval

Jadeja, Shami keep India on course for 2-0
Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja ripped through Sri Lanka's top order after India set them 410 to win the Delhi Test or survive the best part of four sessions to save it

Sri Lanka set to play Test at Kensington Oval for first time in June 2018
The month-long tour will be the first time Sri Lanka will play a Test series in the Caribbean since March 2008

Centuries for Mathews and Chandimal but India still on top
Having kept it locked up all through this tour, Sri Lanka finally reminded everyone of the batting quality they possess, as centuries from Dinesh Chandimal and, at long last, Angelo Mathews helped them avoid the follow-on at the Feroz Shah Kotla

'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

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

Kohli's 243 hands India massive advantage
Either side of a stop-start hour in which the focus of the Delhi Test shifted to the quality of the city's air, India extended their dominance over Sri Lanka with bat and ball

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

Vijay, Kohli tons cement India's dominance
M Vijay and Virat Kohli added 283 for the third wicket, utterly dispiriting Sri Lanka until Lakshan Sandakan gave them something to cheer with two quick wickets late in the day

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

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'

Thisara Perera named captain for ODIs, T20Is against India
Thisara Perera is the seventh man to captain Sri Lanka in 2017, a year in which the team has suffered three ODI whitewashes

Rangana Herath out of Delhi Test with back injury
Sri Lanka are likely to name legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay as the replacement for the Test that starts in Delhi on December 2

India experience will help identify the right characters - Pothas
Sri Lanka's interim coach slams team's aggressive approach on the fourth morning, says some of the players are repeating the same mistakes

Kohli rested for Sri Lanka ODIs; Rohit to lead
Virat Kohli has been rested from the ODI series against Sri Lanka, which follows the third Test in Delhi from December 2. Rohit Sharma will lead the ODI side in Kohli's absence

Ashwin quickest to 300 wickets, India record joint-biggest win
Virat Kohli will go to South Africa without having lost a Test series as a captain after India took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series with their joint-biggest Test win and Sri Lanka's biggest defeat

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

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."

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

Vijay, Pujara grind Sri Lanka into Nagpur dust
That safe, warm, fuzzy, home-like feeling was back for India as their two most valuable batsmen in recent times reunited to keep others blissfully unaware of any dangers there might have been of the new ball or the fresh bowlers or scoreboard pressure

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

Ashwin, Jadeja hand India advantage on 11-wicket day
Treating these Tests almost as tour games for the series in South Africa, India were in no danger of the apparent disrespect to Sri Lanka, biting them on the backside instead

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

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

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

'Hathurusingha will be a great fit' - SLC president
Sri Lanka Cricket is ready to offer Chandika Hathurusingha the position of head coach if he has no further contractual obligations to the BCB

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

Sri Lanka hang on for draw after brutal Shami, Bhuvneshwar bursts
At half-past four, with seven wickets down and India's tail up, the light deteriorated enough to help Sri Lanka draw an absolutely riveting Test

Hathurusingha in line for Sri Lanka coach job
ESPNcricinfo understands that SLC and Hathurusingha have agreed verbally on a deal, and are about a week away from putting pen to paper

Rahul and Dhawan carry India into lead with ease
Both openers capitalised on vastly improved batting conditions, both overhead and underfoot, to lead India's recovery on the fourth day in Kolkata

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 him outside the line of off stump

'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

Sri Lanka well placed to take first-innings lead
Half-centuries from Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne - in tough batting conditions - frustrated India after they were bowled out for 172 on the third day in Kolkata

SL to host India, Bangladesh for T20I tri-series in March
The series will comprise seven matches in Colombo, with each team to play each other twice before the final on March 20

India wobble against seam before rain washes out second day
Dasun Shanaka took two wickets as India were reduced to 74 for 5 in bowling-friendly conditions before a period of persistent rain forced officials to call off play more than two hours before the scheduled close

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

Lakmal 6-6-0-3 tortures India in tough conditions
Only 11.5 overs of cricket was possible in the first two sessions of the Kolkata Test, but they were 11.5 difficult overs for India, asked to bat on a damp green pitch under overcast skies

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

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"

Sri Lanka bowlers get a workout in only warm-up game
Sanju Samson struck a quickfire 128, off 143 balls, on the second day of the warm-up game as Sri Lanka were made to toil in Kolkata

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

Pothas warns SL against being 'infatuated' with India
The Sri Lanka coach says his side learnt lessons from the drubbing it got from India at home earlier this year, and comes to visit its in-form neighbour with a refreshed team culture

Want to protect Mendis' form, confidence - Labrooy
Graeme Labrooy, Sri Lanka's chief selector, said the panel "didn't want to throw Kusal Mendis to the deep end or take him to India and leave him on the bench"

Cottrell four dismantles SL A for 107 to set up series-leveling win
West Indies A defended 152 in the third unofficial one-dayer against Sri Lanka A, in a match where 16 wickets fell to pace-bowling

Mendis, Kaushal Silva and Pradeep left out of India tour
Angelo Mathews is back in the Test squad, which also includes allrounders Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka

Samaraweera to coach Sri Lanka's batsmen
An official announcement from SLC is likely on Monday, with the former Sri Lanka batsman taking on the role leading up to the 2019 World Cup

Aponso, Jayasuriya help Sri Lanka A clinch low-scorer
Sri Lanka A's lower order, led by Shehan Jayasuriya, rallied from 83 for 5 to chase down 177, despite fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell's career-best 4 for 44

Atapattu signs WBBL contract with Melbourne Renegades
The Sri Lanka batsman struck an unbeaten 178 against Australia at the World Cup and was subsequently signed by Yorkshire Diamonds for England's domestic T20 league in July

Gunaratne wins big at SLC's annual awards
The allrounder picked up four awards at the ceremony, while Rangana Herath and Chamari Atapattu were named the men's and women's cricketers of the year

Angelo Mathews declared fit for India tour
Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne are also expected return to the national set-up when Sri Lanka fly to India for a full tour

'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

Pakistan cruise to win on Lahore's big night
Shoaib Malik scorched his way to a 23-ball fifty, Mohammad Amir scythed through Sri Lanka's chase, and Pakistan gave a raucous home crowd an evening to remember, as they trounced Sri Lanka by 36 runs

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

Jayasuriya, Pushpakumara sweep WI A away
The two spinners finished with match hauls of eight wickets each to clinch the unofficial Test series for Sri Lanka 2-1

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

Pothas 'proud of' T20 team despite losing series
The Sri Lanka coach is looking at the side's dismal streak of losing seven straight limited-overs matches in the UAE as 'five defeats and two good games'

Shadab swings low-scoring scrap with ball and bat
Sri Lanka fought desperately despite a spectacular collapse lit up by a Faheem Ashraf hat-trick, and held the ascendancy right until Shadab Khan smashed a six with Pakistan needing eight from three balls

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

Focus on provinces in SLC's domestic revamp
A new domestic format will see the first-class season conclude with a four-team Super Provincial Tournament, in which some of the best players in Sri Lanka will compete

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

Pakistan complete 5-0 after Usman bags five in 21 balls
A devastating new-ball spell from Pakistan's latest left-arm sensation sent Sri Lanka spiralling to 103 all out and the ignominy of their third 5-0 ODI whitewash of the year

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

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?

Pushpakumara takes 12 to help SL A level series
The left-arm spinner took six-fors in both innings to consign West Indies A to a heavy defeat

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

Thisara to captain Sri Lanka's T20 side in Lahore
Nine of the 16 chosen to play the T20s against Pakistan did not feature in the team's last assignment

Hasan Ali, spinners make it 4-0 for Pakistan
Hasan Ali, the new No. 1 in bowler in ODIs, led the way with a three-wicket haul as Pakistan condemned Sri Lanka to their 11th successive loss in the format

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

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

SL players who refuse Lahore leg to miss full T20 series
Chief selector Graeme Labrooy says likely to be clear picture of who is willing to travel to Pakistan by Friday

Hasan five-for, Imam debut ton sink Sri Lanka
Pakistan cruised to their seventh straight win, while Sri Lanka slumped to their tenth successive defeat after yet another one-sided clash

'Positive feedback' from players on Lahore T20, says SL manager
Asanka Gurusinha hopes players with concerns will reconsider their stance given team is "flying in and flying out"

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?

Gunathilaka's six-match suspension revised to three games
The remaining three matches are part of a suspended sentence over a one-year period that could come into force following any further disciplinary breaches by the Sri Lanka batsman

Sri Lanka agree to play T20I in Lahore
Decision to play taken at SLC's executive committee meeting in Colombo; Tharanga likely to skip the match

Azam, Shadab complete Pakistan's incredible comeback
Sri Lanka were bowled out for 187, falling to a 32-run loss in Abu Dhabi, as Pakistan recovered from 101 for 6 to take a 2-0 lead in the series

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

Jacobs six-for makes short work of Sri Lanka A in emphatic win
The legspinner ran through the Sri Lanka A line-up to help West Indies wrap up a victory by an innings and 13 runs

Sri Lanka's players reluctant to visit Pakistan
SLC, however, believes it can have a conversation with the players and convince them to tour the country

Spinners fire again to help West Indies wrap up series
Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, and Stafanie Taylor claimed combined figures of 29-3-71-7 to slice through Sri Lanka's batting line-up, after which West Indies chased down the target in 39.4 overs

Sri Lanka A stumble around Dhananjaya de Silva ton
The visiting captain strokes 104 out off a total of 201 for 7

Babar's ton, Malik's 81 take Pakistan 1-0 up
Pakistan reasserted their dominance in the UAE with a crushing win in Dubai over a Sri Lanka side that has seen ODI wins excruciatingly hard to come by in 2017

Ambris century powers hosts to 364
Rain cut short the hosts' progress in Jamaica

Shakib inducted into MCC's World Cricket Committee
Suzie Bates, Ian Bishop and Kumar Dharmasena are the three other new members of the committee, which will now be chaired by Mike Gatting

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

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

Ambris, Vishaul Singh give WI A solid foundation
Dearth of wickets for Sri Lanka A on a day when eight players had a bowl

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