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Huddleston, Bates star in crushing NZ win
Suzie Bates blasted her way to an eighth ODI ton to help New Zealand make light work of their 189 target after Holly Huddleston's third five-for paved way for a crushing win

Ford steps down as Sri Lanka coach
Graham Ford has stepped down as Sri Lanka coach, ending his second tenure with the side after 15 months

England women complete warm-up with big win over New Zealand
A round-up of the Women's World Cup warm-up matches played on June 21, 2017

Galle to host first ODI since 2000 on Zimbabwe visit
Zimbabwe will begin their first bilateral tour of Sri Lanka since 2002 by playing the first two of five ODIs in Galle, a venue that has not hosted ODI cricket since 2000

Ford sees bright future for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford has said that Sri Lanka had more positives to take from the Champions Trophy than some of the other teams in the tournament

SL batsmen expand range for Women's World Cup
To stay competitive in the upcoming World Cup, the coach Hemantha Devapriya has helped the batsmen expand their games

Amir, Junaid blow through SL middle order
Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan took two wickets apiece to knock reduce Sri Lanka from 161 for 3 to 167 for 7 in less than four overs

Sarfraz sees shaky Pakistan into semi-finals
Pakistan huffed and puffed through a chase of 237 but they made it in the end thanks to the composure of their captain

Mathews the glue in Sri Lanka's rebuilding process
The calm demeanour that Angelo Mathews brings to the Sri Lankan side is what the team - that is going through a major transition - exactly needs

Hot-and-cold teams tussle for final semi-final spot
Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have been so strikingly inconsistent in their respective campaigns that it opens up a host of possibilities when they clash in a must-win in Cardiff

Kusal Perera ruled out of Champions Trophy, Dhananjaya returns
Kusal Perera has become the second Sri Lankan after Chamara Kapugedera to be ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy due to injury. Allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva has been approved as a replacement

Mathews takes pride in defying expectations
Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka's captain, hailed his players for defying expectations after their seven-wicket victory over India

Mendis, Gunathilaka anchor highest Champions Trophy chase to keep SL alive
Fifties from Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews kept Sri Lanka in the hunt for a semi-final spot after their win over India at The Oval threw Group B wide open

Gunathilaka replaces injured Kapugedera in Sri Lanka's squad
Chamara Kapugedara has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy with an injury to his right knee, which was sustained during training on Wednesday

Mathews wary of 'one of the best attacks'
Angelo Mathews is optimistic of a turnaround against a world class Indian attack on what is likely to be a seam-friendly surface at The Oval

Depleted Sri Lanka seek Mathews lift
Sri Lanka will be without Upul Tharanga, who was banned for a slow over rate, and are waiting on the fitness of Chamara Kapugedera as well

'I'm fully fit to play as a batsman' - Mathews
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews will play the match against India on Thursday, having recovered sufficiently from his calf injury to bat

Upul Tharanga suspended for two matches after four-hour innings
Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended for his team's next two matches in the 2017 Champions Trophy because of a "serious" over-rate offence

Tahir, Amla lead rout of Sri Lanka
Imran Tahir's four-wicket haul applied the brakes on Sri Lanka as they fell short by 96 in their chase of 300 at The Oval

South Africa set to unleash their main men
South Africa are aiming for all-out attack in their Champions Trophy opener against Sri Lanka, whose batting line-up they have had the better of in recent times

Weakened Sri Lanka seek to overcome South Africa's dominance
Angelo Mathews is an unlikely starter for Sri Lanka as they seek to overcome a powerful South Africa side that has won seven of the last eight meetings between the sides

Mathews unlikely for Sri Lanka's tournament opener
Calf injury could force out designated captain; Upul Tharanga likely to take over

SLC announces contracts for 30 uncapped female players
The pool of 30 players, who are set to be paid to train in their home provinces for the next six months, will be whittled down to 20 upon re-evaluation, said a Sri Lanka Cricket board release

Guptill, Williamson make short work of Sri Lanka's 356
Upul Tharanga's century for Sri Lanka went in vain as Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson smashed 17 fours and nine sixes to help New Zealand chase down the 357 target with 23 balls to spare

Can Sri Lanka defy low expectations?
Sri Lanka have had a difficult time in ODIs of late, and go into this tournament as clear underdogs. But, with this liberating sense of freedom, will they surprise the world?

Jayawardene to coach Khulna Titans
Mahela Jayawardene has effectively ended his playing career in Bangladesh after being signed for two seasons as head coach of BPL franchise Khulna Titans

Finch, Head star in Australians' tense win
After weeks of pay talks with their board, there was some cheer on the field for the Australians as they warmed up for the Champions Trophy with a two-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Coetzer, Cross combine to shock Sri Lanka
Scotland claimed a rare victory over a Full Member as centuries from Kyle Coetzer and Matt Cross led them home against Sri Lanka at Beckenham

Ford hopes for flat batting tracks in England
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has identified batting as Sri Lanka's foremost strength and said flat tracks would give the team the best chance to put the opposition under pressure

Jayawardene pulls out of Lancashire T20 stint
Mahela Jayawardene has withdrawn from his planned stint with Lancashire during the NatWest T20 Blast campaign due to personal reasons.

Lancashire sign Jayawardene as non-overseas player
Lancashire have signed Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene for this year's NatWest T20 Blast as a non-overseas player

Aravinda de Silva steps down from SLC role
A board release said Aravinda de Silva stepped down due to "personal commitments that would hinder his availability and time investment in the Committee further"

SLC pleased with reduction in age-group suspect actions
Sri Lanka Cricket has said that its drive to reduce the number of bowlers with suspect actions in school and age-group cricket has been a success

Malinga's fitness in focus for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said that Lasith Malinga's contribution in "certain scenarios" could still be useful in the Champions Trophy even if he could not bowl ten full overs

SL hire Donald as fast bowling coach for Champions Trophy
Allan Donald, who has worked with the South African and Australian teams in the past, has been hired by Sri Lanka ahead of the Champions Trophy

Malinga in SL squad for Champions Trophy
Sri Lanka's selectors are confident that the fast bowler will be fit enough to bowl 10 overs and field for 50 overs by the time of the tournament

Bertie Wijesinghe, pre-Test era Sri Lankan cricketer, dies aged 96
Bertie Wijesinghe, the former Ceylon-representative cricketer and coach, died on Saturday aged 96

'We should have won all three series' - Gurusinha
Asanka Gurusinha has conceded his first tour as Sri Lanka's cricket manager has been disappointing

Shakib, Mustafizur deliver 45-run win for Bangladesh
A thundering start with bat, and an incisive turn with the new ball ball set Bangladesh on track to a series-leveling victory, and provided a happy T20 swansong for Mashrafe Mortaza

Bangladesh look to give Mashrafe victorious send-off
Sri Lanka, who were clinical in the first game, will look to stretch Bangladesh's losing streak in T20Is to nine

Time out of SL side gave Kusal renewed determination
Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera said that getting dropped after a poor run of form late last year provided him motivation to work on refining his game

Kusal Perera 77 aces Sri Lanka chase
Kusal Perera made a roaring return to Sri Lankan colours, cracking 77 off 53 balls to lead the hosts on a successful hunt of Bangladesh's 155 for 6

Sri Lanka mull over opening combination
Captain Upul Tharanga said the choice of their openers in the first T20I will depend on the opposition's plans and involve trying to neutralise the Bangladesh spinners

SL, Bangladesh hunt for bragging rights
With both the Test and the ODI series ending with a 1-1 scoreline, both teams have one last chance to prove who is better

Thisara, Jayasuriya earn T20 call-ups
Kusal Mendis has been omitted from Sri Lanka's T20I squad for the two-match series against Bangladesh; Kusal Perera's inclusion subject to fitness

Bowlers 'went into defensive mode' - Mashrafe
A failure to take early wickets during the Sri Lanka innings was behind Bangladesh's defeat, according to captain Mashrafe Mortaza

Tharanga puts improved fielding down to fearlessness
Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga said that fearlessness helped his team tighten up their fielding, after their athletic defence of 280 in the third ODI

Mathews out of Bangladesh T20s, unlikely for IPL's start
Angelo Mathews will miss the T20s against Bangladesh next week, and is also unlikely to be fit for the start of the IPL, SLC cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha has confirmed

Run out rule change in focus, again
For the second time in three days, a batsman has been given out despite the bulk of his body having crossed the plane of the crease

SL break ODI drought to level series
Sri Lanka rode a fast start and a fast finish to a competitive score, bowled with discipline, and found some spirit in the field to defeat Bangladesh by 70 runs and snap a six-match losing streak that stretched back to January

Inconsistent selection leaves Sri Lanka in flux
Sri Lanka's inconsistent selection has had a "big effect" on the present state of the ODI team, according to cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha

Bangladesh eye series win, SL an end to losing streak
Bangladesh are 1-0 up going into the decider in Colombo and are confident of upsetting the hosts, who have lost all six of their most recent completed ODIs

Panadura-Kalutara investigation delayed
The inquiry into a suspicious first-class match in January will take "two to three" more weeks, SLC has said

SLC replaces provincial first-class tournament with List A matches
Sri Lanka Cricket will not organise the proposed provincial first-class competition in the 2016-17 season, instead arranging a List A tournament as preparation for the Champions Trophy

Confident of winning the series - Hathurusingha
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has said the pressure will be on Sri Lanka to force a result and save the series in the third and final ODI of Bangladesh's tour

Rain thwarts SL's chances after Mendis ton
A heavy downpour just before the start of Bangladesh's chase of 312 abandoned the second ODI in Dambulla

Dickwella out of series with hairline fracture
Niroshan Dickwella picked up an injury on Sunday and had trouble holding the bat on Monday

Tigers circle wounded prey
ESPNcricinfo previews the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Dambulla

'Transition' period no longer an excuse - Chandimal
Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal said the team can no longer keep blaming losses on being in a transition period following the retirement of key players since the 2015 World Cup

Tamim, Shakib demolish Sri Lanka
Bangladesh blasted their highest ODI score against Sri Lanka and then defended it in some style to go 1-0 up in the three-match series

Insipid ODI form a worry for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka will be without two key ODI players - Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga - for the three-match series that has sparked widespread interest following Bangladesh's historic win in their 100th Test

Injured Kusal Perera ruled out of first two ODIs
The wicketkeeper-batsman is likely to rejoin the squad ahead of the third ODI at the SSC on April 1

Sabbir 72, Mahmudullah 71* in Bangladesh's warm-up defeat
More than 700 runs were scored in Bangladesh's tour match against Sri Lanka President's XI in Colombo, where the hosts completed a final-over win

'Poor catching, batting cost us, not complacency' - Herath
Rangana Herath also pinpointed Sri Lanka's catching at the end of day two and their collapse on the fourth afternoon as definitive passages of play that cost them the game

Tamim 82 seals Bangladesh's landmark win in 100th Test
Tamim Iqbal's 82 set up Bangladesh's maiden Test victory against Sri Lanka, by four wickets in Colombo, in their 100th Test

'Loss to Bangladesh could scar SL cricket'
Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka's second-innings centurion, credited Mustafizur Rahman for a potentially match-turning spell after lunch on the fourth day

Umpire Dar's head-nod confuses Bangladesh
Mosaddek Hossain said that Bangladesh chose to review the last-ball appeal against Suranga Lakmal because they thought Aleem Dar's head nod was a positive sign

Karunaratne battles but Bangladesh can dare to dream
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman picked up three wickets apiece as Bangladesh took a grip on the Colombo Test. Sri Lanka were only 139 ahead with two wickets in hand

Kusal Perera, Thisara return to Sri Lanka ODI squad
Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera were recalled to Sri Lanka's ODI squad for the series against Bangladesh

Spinners losing sting with old ball - Sandakan
Finding suitable purches on a slow pitch in Colombo was only possible while the shine remained on the ball, said Sri Lanka's left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan

Shakib's 116 gives Bangladesh control
Bangladesh were in a difficult position when the third day of their 100th Test, against Sri Lanka, began but with Shakib Al Hasan's century and debutant Mosaddek Hossain's 75, they were able to recover

Late wickets hurt Bangladesh's reply to SL's 338
Bangladesh threw away a strong start to their reply to Sri Lanka's 338, losing wickets late in the day and looking like a team hell-bent on self-destruction

India, Bangladesh, SL to play tri-series in 2018
While it is not yet clear whether the matches will be ODIs or T20I fixtures, the tournament is scheduled for March 2018

Sharp Bangladesh keep Sri Lanka in check
A consistently threatening Bangladesh bowling attack limited Sri Lanka to 238 for 7 on the opening day in Colombo, with only Dinesh Chandimal fighting back for the hosts

Liton Das out of second Test, Mushfiqur set to keep wicket
Liton was hit on the ribcage by a net bowler at the P Sara Oval during nets on Monday

We have the winning mentality at home - Herath
Lauding his team's self-belief in home Tests, Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Rangana Herath also said that the pitch at the P Sara Oval would prove a little more helpful for batsmen than it had been in previous matches

Bangladesh confront form, selection calls for landmark Test
Bangladesh will need an extraordinary turnaround in fortunes to compete and level the series on one of the more livelier surfaces in Sri Lanka

Consistent selection puts Tharanga at ease
Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga has said that being picked consistently in the team has been the key to his mental state and good performances in recent matches

Hathurusingha wants to make Bangladesh what SL were in 1996
The Bangladesh coach has said he "got everything he asked for" from the BCB during his coaching stint

Helm enhances reputation with five-for in win
Tom Helm's 5 for 33, the second-best figures by an England Lions bowler, allowed the side to pip ahead in a rain-affected match and cut the margin of defeat in the series to 3-2

Would love to get 400 wickets but can't guarantee form - Herath
The 39-year old record-breaking left-arm spinner also said he considers his future before every series he plays

Herath takes six as Bangladesh crumble to 259-run defeat
Rangana Herath took the last four wickets to seal a big win for Sri Lanka after Bangladesh's top collapsed in the first hour of the final day

Tharanga unperturbed by rain forecast
Upul Tharanga, the Sri Lanka batsman, has said that the team had not included the weather in their calculations as they batted on past tea on the fourth day

Sri Lanka in control after setting 457
Upul Tharanga struck his first Test century at home, as Sri Lanka set Bangladesh 457 to win the Galle Test

Williamson, Malinga and Morris in CPL as marquee players
Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, and Kumar Sangakkara, meanwhile, have been retained by Guyana, Trinbago Knight Riders, and Tallawahs respectively

Bell-Drummond, Alsop give Carberry a reason to smile
Daniel Bell-Drummond made a century and Tom Alsop 96 during a 200-run stand that took England Lions to victory in the fourth match against Sri Lanka A

'Never thought of dropping Mendis' - Ford
Backing Kusal Mendis was an easy decision for Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford and the batsman repaid the faith hitting 194 in Galle

Sarkar rues another soft dismissal
Sarkar's error in judgment - attempting to pull a Suranga Lakmal ball though it was too close to his hip - added to the list of his soft dismissals in the recent past

Bangladesh avoid follow-on but Sri Lanka in control
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan helped Bangladesh avoid the follow-on, but with a lead of 182, Sri Lanka were in firm control of the Galle Test

Pitch has slowed down considerably - Dickwella
Niroshan Dickwella, who scored his second Test half-century and spent 46 overs keeping wicket, said that the Galle surface had slowed down since the first day, but was not yet the raging turner it can become

Bangladesh begin well in reply to Sri Lanka's 494
Fifties from openers Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal led Bangladesh to a promising 133 for 2 in response to Sri Lanka's total of 494 on the second day

England to open Women's World Cup at home against India
The Women's World Cup is set to begin on June 24 between hosts England and India, and the final scheduled to be played at Lord's on July 23

Mendis aiming 'to be among world's best'
Kusal Mendis said a desire to raise his average and be considered among the best players in the world was behind his unbeaten 166 on the first day in Galle

Mendis 166* headlines Sri Lanka dominance
Kusal Mendis's unbeaten 166 helped Sri Lanka to post a comfortable 321 for 4 on the first day in Galle

Jayasuriya exposes Lions' frailties against spin
Beneath the shadow of Elephant Rock, England Lions produced the sort of under-par display that even an elephant would want to forget in a hurry

Battle-hardened Bangladesh threaten Sri Lanka's home run
Sri Lanka have won each of their last five home Tests, whitewashing Australia and West Indies, but Bangladesh, who are more familiar with Asian tracks, are likely to pose a stiffer challenge

Chase a breeze for Gunathilaka after Livingstone's toil
Danushka Gunathilaka inflicted a 65-ball hundred upon England Lions as Sri Lanka A strolled into a 2-0 lead in their five-match series

Chandimal finds form with 190 in warm-up
Dinesh Chandimal struck an unbeaten 190 off 253 balls in a drawn two-day game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI in Moratuwa

India flashback for Duckett as Sri Lanka stroll
If Ben Duckett was looking for an immediate pick-me-up on the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka after his disheartening time in India, he discovered that life can sometimes be less accommodating than that

Tamim slams brisk ton; Mominul, Liton among runs
Runs from Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque and Liton Das in the two-day tour game will give Bangladesh some measure of confident before the first Test in Galle








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