Sri Lanka faces a tough T20 test

PERTH: Australia will look to get back into form when they meet Sri Lanka in a KFC Twenty20 international at the WACA today.
The home side will be hoping for a strong showing against Sri Lanka to regain some confidence ahead of a big summer of cricket, after losing their past three Twenty20 internationals and failing to win a game during their Indian tour.

But Australian Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke was expecting the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 runners-up and 2010 semi-finalists to provide a tough test.
“Sri Lanka have got a very good team and they’ve shown in Twenty20 cricket how strong they are, so we’ll have to be at our best,” he said.

“The country and the players are looking forward to the Ashes series, but it’s important that we concentrate firstly on this Twenty20 match and build some momentum.”
Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin will make their international returns from long-term injury absences, while Victorian fast bowlers John Hastings and Clint McKay will make their Twenty20 international debuts if selected.
Clarke said the National Selection Panel hasn’t told him he’s under pressure to keep his place in the Twenty20 team, despite averaging just 21.45 with the bat in his 33 internationals.

“My performances (at the ICC World Twenty20) weren’t as good as I would’ve liked with the bat and it’s something that I continue to look to improve. But fortunately I’m still in the team,” Clarke said.
“I don’t think I’ll change my mindset or the way I play, it’s just about being able to adapt to a shorter form.”
Australia’s side only contains players from New South Wales and Victoria, reflecting the dominance of the two sides domestically. No other state has won the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.

Sri Lanka were restricted to 87 runs, losing by 81, when the sides met in the ICC World Twenty20 in May, but captain Kumar Sangakkara said he was confident his team would fare much better this time.
“If we can execute what we’ve talked about and what we’ve trained, hopefully today will go well for us,” he said.

“It’s a challenging series that we look forward to. But nothing comes easy here in Australia.
“They take a lot of pride in being able to beat teams that come to Australia ... the conditions are great to play cricket in, but the Aussie team just seems to be that much tougher playing at home.”

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (c), Cameron White (vc), Brad Haddin, John Hastings, David Hussey, Clint McKay, Dirk Nannes, Stephen O’Keefe, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson.
Sri Lanka squad: Kumar Sangakkara (c), Mahela Jayawardene (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Suraj Randiv, Dammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal. – [Sportal]


Spin duo bowls Thoras to victory

Under-19 school cricket

By M Naushad Amit
S. Thomas’ spin duo Madushan Ravichandrakumar and Umesh Fernando claimed five-wicket hauls apiece to enable their team record an astonishing 10-wicket victory against Revata Central at Balapitiya by lunch yesterday. Revata who resumed their first innings from the overnight score of 132-3 were shocked by off-spinner Fernando who claimed 5/23. They lost the remaining wickets for 42 runs and ended up with a total of 174 against S. Thomas’ 300-3 declared in the first innings falling short by 126 runs.

The home team was forced to follow on and were eventually bowled out for 136 leaving the Thomians with a simple target of 11 runs for an outright win. Leg-spinner Ravichandrakumar who claimed 3/80 followed it up with a five-for in the second innings for match figures of 8/122.

Maliyadeva batsman Ashan Prabath with an unbeaten 52 stood tall to draw their inter-school cricket match against Ananda at Ananda Mawatha. Maliyadeva who resumed the day from 101-4 went on to gather 168 runs with opener Nimna Karunaratne striking a well composed 68. Leg-spinner Sachithra Perera captured 5/64. Ananda made a sporty declaration after reaching 172-4 in their second innings with Geshan Wimaladharma clobbering 89 before losing his wicket unnecessarily off a run out. Maliyadeva in their second innings lost two wickets for 10 runs before recovering to draw the match at 114-4.

The match between St. Joseph’s and Panadura Royal ended in a dull draw despite the home team gaining first innings honours at Darley Road. Panadura Royal who was 131-6 overnight was dismissed for 167. In reply St. Joseph’s declared at 230-9 with Chathuranga Kumara hitting a captain’s knock of 91. At close of play the visitors were 135-4.

Left-arm leg-spinner Devin Pathmanathan took the initiative with figures of 4/4 to have Thurstan struggling at 90-6 in their own backyard against Royal at Thurstan Sports Complex. Thurstan leg-spinner Sachitha Wijesinghe took 6/93 and caused Royal a few early hiccups but they managed to total 230 with the help of Imal Liyanage who top scored with 70 and Milan Abeysekera who chipped in with a valuable 49 late in the order. The match continues today.

  • At Balapitiya: S. Thomas’ beat Revata by 10-wickets
    S. Thomas’ 300-3 dec (50) and 11-0 (4.1) at close
    Revata 132-3 contd 174 (54) (Dilshan de Soyza 36, Buddhika Madushanka 44, Madushan Ravichandrakumar 3/80, Umesh Fernando 5/23) and 136 (35) (Shehan Manuran 28, Supun Mendis 38, Madushan Ravichandrakumar 5/42, Nuwan Kavinda 2/7)
  • At Ananda Mawatha: Ananda drew with Maliyadeva
    Maliyadeva 101-4 contd 168 (69.5) (Nimna Karunaratne 68, Dhanushka Dharmasiri 23, Ashan Prabath 29, Sachithra Perera 5/64, Pasindu Madushan 2/33, Ruvinda Shamen 2/40) and 114-4 (30) at close (Ashan Prabath 52 n.o., Sandun Silva 32 n.o.)
    Ananda 172-4 dec (38) (Geshan Wimaladharma 89, Dhanuka Madushan 26)
  • At Darley Road: St. Joseph’s drew with Panadura Royal
    Panadura Royal 131-6 contd 167 (73.3) (Dulanajan Charith 33, Ravindu Ashen 27, Chathuranga Kumara 2/38, Roscoe Thattil 3/31, Supeshala Jayathilleke 3/23) and 135-4 (45) at close (Isuru Uditha 38, Ruchira Tharindra 30 n.o., Dushan Vimukthi 42 n.o., Dinal Dhambarage 2/21)
    St. Joseph’s 230-9 dec (60.2) (Kevin Bernadus 31, Nadeera Samarawickrama 51, Chathuranga Kumara 91, Ravindu Ashen 2/52, Senuja Dhananjaya 4/74)
  • At Thurstan Sports Complex:
    Royal 230 (68.1) (Imal Liyanage 70, Waruna Dissanayake 34, Milan Abeysekera 49, Sathira Wijesinghe 6/93, Sachith Dias 2/55, Prabodha Arthavidu 2/46)
    Thurstan 90-6 (29) at close (Supun Nawaratne 22, Harith Dias 26, Devin Pathmanathan 4/4)

Trinity rout Petes for sixth win of season

By M Minhaz in Kandy
Trinity once again stamped their class when they registered their sixth win of the season by routing St. Peter’s by a comfortable margin of ten wickets in their inter-school cricket match concluded at the Asgiriya Stadium yesterday. There were two stoppages due to rain and bad light in which considerable playing time was lost and only 42 overs were sent down. But Trinity still managed to pull off an exciting win. Heshan Wanniarachchi made an unbeaten 108 off 124 balls with 15 fours on a wicket which turned out to be a ‘bug bear’ for the Peterites. Left-arm spinner Aamil Anas ended with a match bag of 7/47 to put the skids on the Saints.
Stoppages due to rain and bad light on both days resulted in the inter-school match between St. Anthony’s and Kingswood ending in a draw at Katugastota.

  • At Asgiriya: Trinity beat St. Peter’s by 10 wickets
    St. Peter’s 102 and 129 (70.5) (A Jayawardena 26, Shehan Fernando 21, Sachin Fernando 21, Aamil Anas 3/26, Kavinda Jayasuriya 2/22, Janishka Premasinghe 2/40)
    Trinity 163-6 contd 219-9 dec (38.2) (Heshan Wanniarachchi 108 n.o., Akila Jayasundera 21, Sanjeewa Bandara 27, Lahiru Jayaratne 4/80, Asif Mackay 2/17) and 16-0 (1)
  • At Katugastota: St. Anthony’s v Kingswood - no result
    St. Anthony’s 203-5 contd 257-7 dec (80.3) (Hiran Wickramasekera 150, Saranga Rajaguru 56, Yasindu Atukorale 3/50, Madusha Premawardena 2/52)
    Kingswood 67-7 (44.4) at close (Aravinda Premaratne 5/15).


36th National Sports Festival

CP protests over Niluka’s participation

Central Province has protested to the organisers for Sri Lanka’s No.1 Niluka Karunaratne playing for Southern Province at the 36th National Sports Festival badminton championship which commenced at St. Anthony’s College Courts in Katugastota yesterday. CP in their protest have stated that Karunaratne was suspended by the secretary of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association by their letter dated October 26, 2010, after the North Central Open Badminton Championship held in Anuradhapura last week.

They further alleged that the registration of players ended at 8.30am yesterday but Karunaratne had registered his name around 11.30am. In the singles match Karunaratne beat Central Province’s S Abeygunawardena which incidentally sparked off the protest.

The only upset of the day was when unranked singles player Rajitha Dahanayake beat fifth seeded Dinuka Karunaratne of Western Province by 19/21, 22/20, 21/17. Dahanayake is no stranger to badminton as he is the current doubles champion along with Hasitha Chanaka, but he is unranked as he does not play in the singles. – [MM]


SLC keen to have UDRS for Windies series

Sri Lanka Cricket has not closed it doors in utilising the Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS) for this month’s Test and One-day International series against West Indies.
Sri Lanka Cricket IC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told The Nation that they were working closely with the ICC and Ten Sports who has the television and broadcasting rights to have the necessary equipment made available for the series.
“We are keen to have the DRS system for the West Indies tour and we are working towards making it a reality,” Ranatunga said.
Ranatunga stated that he has been made to understand by Ten Sports that the Hawk-eye which is required to implement the DRS system is not freely available all the time. It has to be hired from an international company which owns it and there is also the cost factor to be considered in installing it.
“The ICC has said that it is prepared to bear part of the cost and we are hopeful that Ten Sports can have the system in place,” Ranatunga said.
Hawk-eye is the name of a computer system which traces a ball’s trajectory, with a claimed accuracy of 5 mm, and sends it to a virtual-reality machine.
It uses six or more computer-linked television cameras situated around the cricket field. The computer reads in the video in real time, and tracks the path of the cricket ball on each camera. These six separate views are then combined together to produce an accurate 3D representation of the path of the ball.
Ranatunga said a final decision would be reached on it by next week.
The West Indies are due to arrive in Sri Lanka on November 8 to play a series of three Tests and five ODIs in addition to a one-off Twenty20 international. – [ST]


ICC officials here for final inspection

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to send its officials to Sri Lanka on November 15 to approve the two new stadiums at Pallakele and Hambantota which will be used for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
“We expect the ICC to send a match referee to accredit the two international venues when they come here for the final inspection in mid November,” said Nishantha Ranatunga, SLC interim committee secretary.
Ranatunga said that work was going as scheduled at the two venues and at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and he was confident all three venues would be ready to host the 12 World Cup matches scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka from February 20 to March 29 next year. The World Cup is hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19-April 2. – [ST]


Thomians regain Hayman Trophy after five years

The second leg of the 19th Royal-Thomian water polo battle ended a thrilling 1-all draw at the Police Pool in Narahenpita yesterday but with an aggregate of 8-7 S. Thomas’ regained the Dr. RL Hayman Trophy for the 12th occasion.
The Thomians who won the first leg by 7-6 after a hard fought battle two days earlier were given a torrid time by their arch rivals in yesterday’s decider.
Both goals from each team came in the first half with Chandana Perera scoring for the Thomians and Shan Lakshitha netting for Royal. Royalists came back strongly to retain the title for the sixth time but the strong Thomians averted all efforts made by their rivals to regain the trophy after five years. - [MNA]