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Indian Navy chief on five-day Sri Lanka visit

Colombo: Indian Navy chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba on Sunday began a five-day visit to Sri Lanka, aimed at consolidating and enhancing bilateral maritime relations, an official statement said. “The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Sri Lanka,” it said. During his visit which will last till December

India, Sri Lanka hold joint military exercise

New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka are holding a joint military exercise at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka, an official said on Tuesday. The joint exercise is focused on enhancing inter-operability in counter terror operations, a statement said. The exercise — Mitra Shakti 2016 — which started on Monday, will conclude on November

Sri Lanka PM to visit India

New Delhi: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe will arrive here on Tuesday on a three-day visit. He will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday, according to the External Affairs Ministry. His visit assumes significance as India last week pulled out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc)

Sri Lanka pulls out of 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad

Sri Lanka pulls out of 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad; becomes 5th country to do so in the eight-nation grouping. As per reports, Sri Lanka said environment is not conducive for holding Saarc

Sri Lanka to build power plant in Trincomalee

Colombo: Sri Lanka has said it will build apower plant at eastern Trincomalee district, days after it ended a joint venture with India’s National Thermal Power corporation (NTPC) to develop a coal power plant at the same site.The government conveyed the decision to the Supreme Court yesterday in response to a complaint filed by an

Peter England forays into Sri Lanka

Colombo: Men’s apparel brand Peter England has forayed into Sri Lanka. The label, in association with Softlogic, has launched its first store here. “We look forward to the foray contributing significantly to our growth and profitability in the years ahead,” Ashish Dikshit, Business Head – Madura Fashion & Lifestyle, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd.,

Australia beat Sri Lanka, clinch ODI series

Dambulla:  John Hastings claimed six wickets before Aaron Finch and George Bailey’s attacking half-centuries powered Australia to a series clinching six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international here today. Australia rode on Finch’s 19-ball 55 and an unbeaten 90 from Bailey to chase down 213 in 31 overs and take an unassailable

Hastings’ six wickets restrict Sri Lanka to 212

Dambulla: Australian medium-pacer John Hastings took six wickets to help bowl out Sri Lanka for 212 despite a half-century from Dhananjaya de Silva in the fourth one-day international here today. Sri Lanka, who trail the five-match series 2-1, suffered from a lack of partnerships as their innings ran out of steam. They folded on the

Lehmann backs Smith’s Sri Lanka series opt out

Sydney: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed the decision to rest skipper Steve Smith for the remaining one-day international series against Sri Lanka after criticism from ex-captain Michael Clarke, reports said today. Smith will miss three ODIs and two Twenty20 games to return home and prepare for next month’s one-day series in South Africa. Smith

Dilshan to retire from ODIs and T20Is after Australia series

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan will not play the last two ODIs against Australia. Tillakaratne Dilshan has confirmed he will play his final ODI in Dambulla on Sunday, and his last T20 international in Colombo on September 9. His retirement comes in the wake of significant pressure from Sri Lanka’s selectors. Dilshan’s own performance has been

Smith rests, Warner skippers Aussies in Sri Lanka

Colombo:  Australia’s Steve Smith has been rested to focus on next month’s tour of South Africa leaving David Warner to lead the side for the remainder of the Sri Lanka series. Smith captained Australia to an 82-run loss in the second one-day international Wednesday which tied the series 1-1. “I hate missing cricket, but in

Mendis, Mathews score half century in 2nd ODI

Colombo: Kusal Mendis scored 69 runs from as many balls and was backed up by aggressive 50s from captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera, as Sri Lanka recovered from a poor start to score 288 in the second one-day international against Australia here on Wednesday. Seam bowler James Faulkner took a hat-trick later in the

Australia finally won a match against Sri Lanka

Colombo : On a pitch turning enough to hammer Australia into oblivion. Smith had called right at the toss, and opted to field because of the impending dew which never arrived. The pitch took magnified turn later, making the run chase tougher than it seemed at the innings break. Smith defied it all – his

Sri Lanka Carves Australia in 3rd Test

Colombo:  Sri Lanka clinched their first series whitewash over a major cricketing nation today as they won the third and final Test against Australia by 163 runs, with spinner Rangana Herath taking 7-64. Set a formidable target of 324 in their second innings at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), the world number one Test side collapsed

Sri Lanka looks for whitewash on Day 5

Colombo: Having started the day at 312/8, Sri Lanka raced to 347/8 on Wednesday in just four and a half overs before declaring, with Dhananjaya de Silva (65) and Suranga Lakmal (4) finishing not out, leaving Australia with 83 overs to bat. Sri Lanka set Australia 324 for victory on the final day in Colombo, where

Sri Lanka builds lead on Day 4

Colombo : With six stitches in his left hand and his place under threat, the home boy, Kaushal Silva has looked solid in his patient unbeaten knock of 78. Sri Lanka made good progress in the session. After seeing off the first session, Mathews came out with a positive intent. He scored just 26 runs,

Chandimal , De Silva Ton takes Sri Lanka to 355

Colombo:  Dinesh Chandimal continued his charge on Day 2 after losing Dhanajaya de Silva in morning session. The wicketkeeper-batsman notched up his seventh Test century to help the hosts reach 299 for 7 at Lunch against Australia in the third and final Test. Quite unlike some of the other better knocks of his career, he curbed

De Silva, Chandimal lift Sri Lanka to 141-5 at Tea

Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo: A fighting century partnership from Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka recover from a precarious position to reach 141 for five at tea against Australia in the third and final Test here today. The hosts, who elected to bat first on a bright sunny morning, lost five wickets

Chaminda Vaas to spearhead SLC’s fast bowling feeder system

Sri Lanka’s most successful fast bowler Chaminda Vaas will be back with Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) Coaching Staff, revealed SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday. According to Sumathipala, Vaas will be handed the responsibilities of training Sri Lanka’s fast bowling squad which will comprise fast bowlers coming through District, Provincial and Developments Squads. “We have requested

Perera bags six as Sri Lanka clinch series

Galle: Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera bagged six wickets to fashion Sri Lanka’s historic series win over Australia today as the world number one side suffered a humiliating 229-run loss inside three days in the second Test in Galle. Australia, chasing a challenging 413 for victory, were bundled out for 183 after lunch as Sri Lanka, who