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Chameera and KJP star in 97 run win



Kusal Janith Perera smashed a match winning hundred while Dushmantha Chameera took career best figures of five for 16 as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in the third ODI in Dhaka on Friday.

Dushmantha Chameera claimed a five wicket haul while captain Kusal Janith Perera smashed his sixth ODI hundred as Sri Lanka completed a comprehensive 97 run win in the dead rubber against Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday.

The game was of little interest after Sri Lanka had already lost the series with a game to spare but the win helped the tourists lift their moods after two disappointing performances that saw them handing the series to the hosts with a game to spare.

The win helped Sri Lanka to collect ten points in the ICC World Cup Super League but their 12th position has not changed as they stand on eight points. Sri Lanka were penalized two points for slow over rate during their tour of West Indies.

The toss proved to be crucial as Sri Lanka’s openers added 82 runs for the first wicket. Captain Perera has a reputation for throwing caution to the wind but now with the leadership on his shoulders he was more watchful as he batted through the innings having occupied the crease for 40 overs.

That left the lower middle order with an opportunity to push the total towards the 300 run mark and Sri Lanka ended up on 286 for six.

Perera was involved in a 115 run stand with Dhananjaya de Silva who made an unbeaten 55 off 70 deliveries with four boundaries.

Perera was dropped on three occasions and he finished on 120 off 122 balls with 11 fours and a six.

Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers finished with four wickets.

Chameera, the standout performer for Sri Lanka on the tour, bowled with fire to trouble the batsmen. He tested Shakib Al Hasan with a short ball and Bangladesh’s star player attempting a pull shot was cramped for room and was caught at short leg.

Chameera accounted for the top three Bangladeshi batsmen and then came for a second spell to polish off the tail to finish with career best figures of five for 16. It was his maiden five wicket haul.

Sri Lanka handed debuts to three players – Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne and Binura  Fernando. Mendis was the most impressive of all coming into the attack with Mushfiqur Rahim in the middle.

Mushfiqur was in good form having scored more than 200 runs in the first two ODIs. Mendis won the battle as he claimed the wicket that Sri Lankans had been so desperate to have in the series.

The writing was on the wall for Bangladesh at that stage but Mossadek Hossain and Mahmudullah Riyad delayed the inevitable posting half-centuries.

Mendis and Hasaranga finished with two wickets apiece.

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Australia T20 captain retires from international cricket




Aaron Finch hit 63 in his final international innings against Ireland at the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup (pic BBC)

BBC reported that former Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Opening batter Finch, 36, was Australia’s T20 captain, having retired from one-day internationals in September..

He represented Australia in five Tests, 146 one-day internationals and 103 T20s, leading them to their first T20 World Cup title in 2021.

Finch said it had been “incredible honour” to play for Australia.

He is set to continue playing in domestic T20 competitions, including in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Melbourne Renegades.

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Fun Run announcing Asian Games at Port City today



The Fun Run announcing the Asian Games will be held at Port City today. The event was announced at a function held in Colombo on Monday.

The official Fun Run announcing the 19th Asian Games will be held under the patronage of the Olympic Council of Asia Director General -Dr. Husain Al-Musallam and a host of dignitaries at the Colombo International Financial City (Port City) today.

The quadrennial Asian Games which was originally scheduled for September 2022 was postponed in May due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in and around the host city of Hangzhou in China. The Game will now be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8, 2023 under the motto of “Heart to Heart, @Future.”

The ‘Fun Run’ which acts like a baton relay of sorts was announced at a function held in Colombo yesterday.

The Fun Run will be held at the presence of Wu Jianzhong -Deputy Director of Games Services Department, Ge Jianyang -Staff of Press and Public Relations Department, Bao Hanyuan -Staff of Games Services Department and delegates from the Olympic Council of Asia. The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka will be represented by its President Suresh Subramaniam, Secretary General NOC Sri Lanka Maxwell de Silva along with the executive committee of the NOC Sri Lanka.

To liven up this colourful pageant there will be a surfeit of sports and cultural activities involving over 700 persons. The highlight of the day’s activity will be a Jet Ski show presented by Sri Lanka Navy and a traditional Martial Art -Angampora Demonstration recited by the Army sports division. The President of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka Suresh Subramaniam aired the importance of the Fun Run. He said “the presence of the Olympic Council of Asia Director General -Dr. Husain Al-Musallam who is the main cog behind Asian Games 2022, signifies how serious they are about the success of the event. Besides that, there is a host of other Games Officials who will await eagerly to see the successful completion of this event and report back as to what Sri Lanka is capable of delivering. For us this is a momentous opportunity and we are taking it with both hands”.

Commenting on the significance of the event, NOC Sri Lanka Secretary General Maxwell de Silva said “akin to the Olympic Day Run or the Commonwealth Games Baton relay or the Asian Games Fun Run is very significant. In reality the “Fun Run” is the flag-off of the event and the Lankan leg of the baton that will take place at the Port City, Colombo.” The Olympic Council of Asia is stepping up its “Asian Games for All” promotional campaign right now.

A major part of this campaign is the Asian Games Fun Run, which is held throughout the continent and brings together elite athletes, social runners, students/children and sports officials. The OCA is working closely with the National Olympic Committees in all five zones to create a Fun Run calendar in order to promote the upcoming Asian Games and involve all levels of the community in a family-oriented activity. To this end, the OCA has released a schedule for February and March taking in two of the five zones: South Asia and South East Asia. The programme is still being assembled for the three remaining zones -West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia -in conjunction with the NOCs and will be released shortly.

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Amameth century propels Mahanama



Under 19 Cricket

by Reemus Fernando

A century by Kavindu Amameth was the highlight of the day as Mahanama posted 363 runs against De Mazenod on day one of the traditional cricket encounter at Kandana on Monday.

Amameth top scored with 126 runs (in 173 balls, 9x4s, 4x6s) and put on a third wicket stand of 206 runs with Inuka Karannagoda as Mahanama dominated proceedings on day one.

In the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ match at Uyanwatta, St. Servatius’ cemented their top position in Group ‘Z’ by scoring a first innings points against Devapathiraja.


St. Servatius’ earn first innings points against Devapathiraja at Uyanwatta



113 all out in 35.3 overs (Gimhan Rasanjana 24, Pawan Sandesh 24, Tharush Damindu 3/18, Kushan Wijerama 4/25, Chathum Bimsara 2/32) and 151 for 8 decl. in 36.2 overs (Darshaka Sandeep 46, Jeewaka Shashin 31; Chathum Bimsara 2/21, Kushan Wijerama 3/34, Thisan Dewmith 2/40)

St. Servatius’

92 for 6 overnight 123 all out in 48.3 overs (Mithila Charles 39, Vishwa Supun 23, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 25; Irushka Thimira 6/47, Puljith Wathsuka 2/34) and 110 for 4 in 26.2 overs (Mithila Charles 27, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 36, Chiran Neththaru 23n.o.; Puljith Wathsuka 2/38)

Mahanama dominate day one proceedings at Kandana



363 all out in 92.1 overs (Kavindu Amameth 126, Inuka Karannagoda 75, Rashmika Perera 52, Chamika Heenatigala 24, Eshan Withanage 24; Kavindu Kaushalya 4/97, Thushan Udayanga 3/64, Sithum Fernando 3/71)

De Mazenod

2 for 1 in 5 overs

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