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Hasaranga heroics in vain as Bangladesh win first ODI 



Sri Lanka put up a remarkable fight back in the first ODI after being 102 for six chasing a stiff target of 258 but fell short by 33 runs in Dhaka yesterday. 

All-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga was nearly a star for Sri Lanka keeping the fans interested after the top order had collapsed.  

Sri Lanka never were in the hunt during the run chase after some soft dismissals in the top order. 

Hasaranga’s arrival changed the equation as he cleared the boundary with some big shots. He reached his half-century off 31 balls with three fours and four sixes. 

The eighth wicket partnership between Wanindu and Isuru Udana was worth 62 runs but both batsmen fell in quick succession as Bangladesh secured a comfortable win.

Hasaranga made 74 in 60 balls with three fours and five sixes.

 Mehidy Hasan finished with four wickets. 

Earlier part timer Dhananjaya de Silva was the pick of the bowlers finishing with three wickets. 

The off-spinner bowled cleverly breaking a threatening 57 run stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal for the third wicket. The Bangladeshi captain attempted a premeditated sweep shot but realizing the length of the ball tried to adjust but was too late. In the very next delivery, Dhananjaya accounted four Mohammad Mithun with him also attempting a sweep first ball. Both batsmen unsuccessfully reviewed the decisions. At 99 for four half way through the innings, the wheels were coming off for Bangladesh but a crucial 110 run stand between Mushfiqur and his brother-in-law Mahmudullah Riyad settled things for Bangladesh. 

Mushfiqur top scored with 84 runs that came off 87 balls with four boundaries and a six. Half-centuries from Tamim and Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh to a competitive 257 on a wicket batsmen were struggling to time the ball. 

There was uncertainty about the game yesterday morning after the bio-secure bubble was compromised with three individuals testing positive. Fast Bowling coach Chaminda Vaas, seamers Isuru Udana and Shiran Fernando had tested positive. But a second PCR test taken on Saturday night showed both Vaas and Udana were negative and the series went ahead. 


Avishka and Sadeera power Jaffna Kings to nine wicket win




Half tons by Avishka Fernando and Sadeera Samarawickrema powered Jaffna Kings to a nine wicket win over Dambulla Aura in the 3rd match of the LPL2022  at MRICS Hambanthota on Wednesday (07)

Dambulla Aura 121/9 in 20 overs (Jordan Cox 43; Maheesh Theekshana 3/20, Vijayakanth Vijaskanth 3/24, James Fuller 2/16, Zaman Khan 1/28)

Jaffna Kings 122/1 in 15.4 overs (Avishka Fernando 51 , Sadeera Samarawickrema 62 not out; Noor Ahamed 1/28)

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All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships



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Jaffna win low scoring thriller



Dunith Wellalage scored 30 runs as Jaffna Kings beat Galle Gladiators in the curtain-raiser of the Lanka Premier League at Suriyawewa yesterday.

Defending champions Jaffna Kings got off to a superb start as they defended 137 runs to win the curtain-raiser of the third edition of Lanka Premier League tournament against Galle Gladiators at Suriywawewa yesterday. Jaffna Kings managed only 137 runs batting first but their bowling was too good as they bowled out Galle Gladiators for 113.

Seamer Binura Fernando who returned home from Australia halfway through the ICC Men’s T-20 World Cup with a hamstring injury picked up three wickets for 22 runs while leggie Vijayakanth Viyaskanth picked up two for 20.

Galle Gladiators got off to a good start with openers Kusal Mendis and Nuwanidu Fernando adding 58 runs for the first wicket in 45 balls. Mendis made the only half-century in the game posting a 43 ball 51 with five fours before being trapped leg before wicket by Maheesh Theekshana. His dismissal saw Galle Gladiators losing their way as they collapsed. At one stage they were 97 for four and needed 41 in 24 balls but lost their last six wickets for 16 runs to go down to the strongest team in the competition.

There was not much support for Mendis as the next best score was Imad Wasim’s 17. Mendis is leading the Galle Gladiators.

Shoaib Malik and Dunith Wellalage made 30 runs each for Jaffna while Dhananjaya de Silva posted 29 from 19 balls with three fours and two sixes.

Brief Scores:

Jaffna Kings

137 all out in 19.5 overs

(Dhananjaya de Silva 29, Dunith Wellalage 30, Shoaib Malik 30, Ifthikar Ahmed 2 for eight)

Galle Gladiators

113 all out in 20 overs (Kusal Mendis 51, Imad Wasim 17, Binura Fernando 3 for 22, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth 2 for 20)

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