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Thirimanne makes half-century in come-back game


The highlight of the two-day warm-up game between Sri Lanka Board President’s XI and India at CCC grounds, Colombo yesterday was former Test vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne making a half-century.

Thirimanne, once the man tipped to take over the number three slot from former great Kumar Sangakkara, has come nowhere near to getting selected to the senior side after being dropped in June last year. Thirimanne has been in the wilderness for more than a year and while a big hundred would have made him an automatic choice for the first Test against India in Galle with Dinesh Chandimal unwell, he cannot still be ruled out.

Dhananjaya de Silva, the man who is favoured to take over from Chandimal, fell for a third-ball duck and the next selection meeting could be an interesting one. The selectors will do well to make Thirimanne work harder to get his place back, rather than being satisfied with mediocre performances.


No … not his fiancee!


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Chandimal out of Galle Test

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Champaka quits, Vaas takes over


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SL to meet Qatar today in bid to regain Group-II promotion


Sri Lanka’s hopes for regaining her Davis Cup Group-II promotion lies in their semi-final today, against Qatar, at the Asia-Oceania Zone Group-II, sponsored by BNP Paribas, at the SLTA clay courts in Colombo.The six-day event will come to an en...

Classic Travel rugby team debuts at 47th Mercantile Rugby Sevens 2017


Classic Travel, the trusted brand in total travel solutions – a subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings PLC – offers travel services to both corporate and leisure markets, will debut its 12-member rugby team at the ongoing 47th Mercantile Rugby Se...

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