|Our next target is 2011 World
HARARE: After guiding his
team to a thumping victory in the tri-nation cricket
series, Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan said
the next target for the islanders would be the 2011
World Cup in the sub-continent.
“We brought lots of youngsters here and they have
got opportunities and done well. We are looking at
World Cup. I got my form back as well. I want to
carry it to the World Cup,” said Dilshan, who made
an unbeaten 108 in the final and helped Sri Lanka
overhaul the 200-run target set by Zimbabwe with
15.2 overs to spare.
Dilshan also heaped praise on the youngsters for
their series winning show in Zimbabwe.
“I am very happy. The boys have performed well.
The two fast bowlers set the tone for us by bowling
really well. (Dinesh) Chandimal got a hundred and
Jeevan Mendis is a good all-rounder,” he said.
The 33-year-old right-hander also thanked his
teammates for supporting him in his first stint as
captain of the Sri Lankan team.
“I would like to thank my teammates for
supporting me as a captain. It wasn’t easy to
captain and I have enjoyed it. I liked the
challenge,” Dilshan said.
Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura, meanwhile,
admitted that they were completely outplayed by the
Sri Lankans but said there were lots of positives to
take from this series.
“Sri Lanka bowled well and put us under pressure
from ball one,” he said.
“There are lots of positives to get out of this
tournament, especially our batsmen. Unfortunately,
we are having a break after this but it’s good for
the next season.
“Hopefully we are going in the right way and we
will keep winning more matches. Keep watching us and
keep supporting us,” Chigumbura said.
His teammate Brendan Taylor, who was adjudged the
man-of-the-series, said he was happy to have
contributed for his side as an opener.
“It’s very satisfying to get where we are.
Unfortunately, we didn’t back it up in the final but
we are pleased with how we have gone. Not just my
self, others have done well, including (Tatenda)
Taibu, (Hamilton) Masakadza and the spinners. I was
probably more relaxed in this series. Opening is new
to me and I haven’t done it for a while. It’s nice
to play with a good bunch of people,” he said. –
|Duckworth, Lewis get MBE
The inventors of cricket’s controversial
Duckworth-Lewis method were among those included in
the honours list marking the birthday of Britain’s
Queen Elizabeth II published on Saturday. Frank
Duckworth and Tony Lewis, whose surnames have become
part of the fabric of cricket, were both awarded the
MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). The
university statisticians’ formula is widely regarded
as the fairest, if perhaps the most complicated,
method yet devised of setting revised targets in
one-day matches interrupted by bad weather. – [AFP]
|Antonians trounce Rajans 39/13
By M. Minhaz in
St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota cut
loose in the second half to trounce Dharmaraja by 39
points (2 goals, 5 tries) to 13 (2 tries, 1 penalty)
in their schools Singer Trophy under 19 division I
Segment ‘A’ rugby match played at Nittawela
yesterday. Surprisingly the Rajans appeared to have
a slight edge over the winners at lemons when they
led 13-12. But after the short break the Antonians
went on the rampage scoring as many as 27 points
while the Rajans failed to add to their tally.
The Rajans were hopelessly outclassed both in the
line outs and the scrums while they did well in the
loose play to stop the Saints in the first half but
they could not maintain the same tempo in the second
half as they wilted under pressure put by the
With this defeat the Rajans face the prospect of
being demoted to the lower division along with
Prince of Wales unless there is a change in the
Highlight of the match was the blazing 90 metre
run by Antonian winger Dilum Jayaweera to score by
the left corner flag. The try scorers for St.
Anthony’s were flanker Roshan Roche (2), winger
Dilum Jayaweera (2), scrum half Dinesh Liyanage (1),
centre Samith Dananaya (1) and winger Iranga
Ariyapala (1). Full back Tharindu Chanaka added the
extra points to two of the tries. The Rajans scored
through lock forward Buwaneka Udangamuwa (1) and
winger Lochana Ekanayake while fly half Rochana
Hettiarachchi converted the penalty.
|Peterites drub Wesley 50/13 on
way to title
St. Peter’s finally could
begin with their celebrations as schools rugby
league champions of the 2010 season when they
continued their unblemished record with a resounding
50-13 win against Wesley in a President’s Trophy
Singer Schools Division I A rugby league match
played at Bambalapitiya yesterday.
Though the Peterites held on to a marginally
retrievable 17-8 lead after the first half they went
on to add further 33 points which was made up by
eight tries and five conversions. Wesley in reply
scored through two tries and a penalty.
Skipper and No.8 Keith Gurusinghe and centre
Dhanushka Ranjan scored two tries each for St.
Peter’s while prop Steven Nelson, fullback Srinath
Perera, centre winger Sandun Herath and fly half
Bhanuka Nanayakkara went on to score a try each.
Scrum half Rizwan Meedin converted five of the
tries. For Wesley skipper and centre Azmil Omar and
centre Randika Tillekaratne scored the tries while
the solitary penalty was converted by Omar himself.
Referee: AC Tennakoon - [MNA]
|Azhar to contest Badminton
CHENNAI: With the court
refusing to issue a stay order, the Badminton
Association of India will hold its elections on
Sunday in which former cricketer Mohd Azharuddin
faces the tough challenge of unseating the
long-serving VK Verma as the body’s President.
The Azharuddin camp had approached the sessions
court in Andhra Pradesh’s Rangareddy district
seeking a stay on the election but their plea was
rejected after a three-hour argument.
Azharuddin’s candidature has raised quite a furore
with Verma initially claiming that the ex-captain
was ‘ineligible’ to contest as he was serving a life
ban for alleged match-fixing. – [PTI]
|Who is to blame?
A question mark hangs over the lights installed at
the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium where the Asia Cup
matches are scheduled to be played from June 15-25.
The stadium requires the replacement for its 28
bulbs before the start of the tournament and
installation of them takes nearly 18 hours. Also
only 25 bulbs are available for replacement and the
participating team’s are at a loss who is
responsible for this lapse because they are unable
to hold proper practice sessions under lights ahead
of the tournament.
|India wins T20 opener
HARARE: India comfortably beat Zimbabwe by six
wickets on Saturday in the first of two Twenty20
internationals between the sides. The visitors won
the toss at Harare Sports Club and elected to bowl
first, with the decision proving correct after
Zimbabwe were reduced to just 111-9.
But an upset looked briefly on the cards when India
slumped to 48-4 in reply, before Virat Kohli (26
n.o.) and Yusuf Pathan (37 n.o.) saw the visitors
home. All-rounder Pathan hit three sixes and two
boundaries in his 24-ball knock, while Kohli notched
his score off 21 balls as India won with five overs
Scores: Zimbabwe 111-9 (20) (C Chibhabha 40, C
Ervine 30, V Kumar 3/24, A Dinda 2/27, P Ojha 2/11)
India 112-4 (15) (S Raina 28, V Kohli 26 n.o., Y
Pathan 37 n.o., C Mpofu 2/31, R Price 2/24)
|Steyn, Morkel rout Windies
PORT OF SPAIN: South African fast bowler became
the fourth fastest bowler to complete 200 Test
wickets as he reduced West Indies to 84-9 on the
third day of the first Test at Port of Spain,
Trinidad on Saturday.
Steyn took 5 for 17 playing in his 39th Test as the
West Indies batting crumbled with only two batsmen
getting into double figures. South Africa made 352
in their first innings.
Scores: South Africa 352;
West Indies 84-9 (44) (S Chanderpaul 26, N Deonarine
29, D Steyn 5/17, M Morkel 4/19)