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Seekku rekindles memories of Sharjah and Killer Miller

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Seekkuge Prasanna smashed three sixes in three balls as Colombo Stars snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in their LPL fixture against Kandy Warriors at RPS last night. Image courtesy: SLC. 

The memories David Miller (aka Killer Miller) smashing two successive sixes off Lahiru Kumara in Sharjah to derail Sri Lanka’s T-20 World Cup campaign are still fresh in memories of Sri Lankan cricket fans. There was indication yesterday that Kumara has learned little from the ordeal as he was entrusted by Kandy Warriors skipper Angelo Perera to bowl the last over of the Colombo Stars innings with 16 needed in the final over.

A single off the first ball brought Sekkuge Prasanna to the strike with five balls remaining and 15 runs required. Kumara had brought both the fine-leg and third man up and then sent down the wrong delivery; a bouncer. He did get the top edge but the extra pace saw the ball sailing over fine-leg making the equation nine off four deliveries.

Next delivery, Kumara went round the wicket and bowled on the slot but Prasanna hammered this over square leg to make it three runs required in three balls. This probably was not the length or the pace Kumara should have been bowling and he erred a third time and on this occasion, Prasanna smashed a straight six to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with two balls to spare.

Prasanna was named Man of the Match for his stunning hitting. His 32 runs came off just six deliveries with five sixes.

Dinesh Chandimal had held the Colombo Stars innings together scoring 44 off 27 deliveries with four fours and a six. He emerged as the tournament’s highest run getter with 225 runs at an average of 56 and strike rate of 156.

With just one win in six games and just two points, Kandy Warriors are facing elimination from the competition.

Earlier, Dushmantha Chameera produced a superb spell to restrict Kandy Warriors for 146. Chameera claimed four for 35 runs, the best figures by a Sri Lankan quick in this LPL. He’s also now the joint-highest wicket taker in the competition with 11 scalps alongside Samit Patel and Maheesh Theekshana.

Kandy Warriors were on course for a big score having posted 82 for one at the half-way mark in ten overs. But then the Chameera spell turned the tide in Colombo Stars favour.

Kandy Warriors still had things under control having reduced Colombo Stars to 110 for five with two overs remaining. But then that stunning effort from Prasanna enabled them to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.



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Afghanistan elect to bat first in third T-20 International

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Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first in the third T-20 International against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Wednesday. The Afghan captain won all three tosses in the series but this is the first time he has opted to bat first.

The game is a dead rubber with Sri Lanka having already secured the series 2-0.

Sri Lanka made four changes from the side that won on Monday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

They left-out Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Binura Fernando and Maheesh Theekshanka and brought in top order batter Kusal Perera, all-rounder Kamindu Mendis, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya and seamer Nuwan Thushara.

Afghanistan also made four changes leaving out Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq.

They brought in all-rounder Sharfuddin Ashraf, left-arm seamer Fareed Malik, right-arm quick Wafadar Momand and batter Mohammad Ishaq, who is making his debut.

The tourists are yet to win a game in the multi-format bilateral tour. They lost the one off Test match in Colombo and suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series at Pallekele before conceding a 2-0 advantage in the three match T-20 series in Dambulla.

Sri Lanka:

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (Wicketkeeper), Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kamindu Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga (Captain) Matheesha Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Thushara.

Afghanistan:

Ibrahim Zadran (Captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Wicketkeeper), Azmatullah Omarzai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, Hazratullah Zazai, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Mohammad Ishaq, Fareed Malik and Wafadar Momand.  

Umpires:

Lyndon Hannibal (SRI) and Ravindra Wimalasiri (SRI)

Television Umpire:

 Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)

Match Referee:

Chris Broad (ENG)

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Sri Lanka teams reach tennis quarter-finals

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Dinara de Silva and Ganuka Fernando

The girls and boys teams of Sri Lanka reached the quarter-finals of the Billie Jean King Cup Junior and Junior Davis Cup Asia Oceania Pre Qualifying tournaments continued at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Wednesday.

The girls team beat Maldives 2-0, as Ivanka Samarasinghe (beat Nishan Naba 6-1, 6-2) and Dinara de Silva (beat Azim Araa Aasaal 6-2, 6-2) registered straight set victories in the singles.

The boys team edged out Iraq 2-1. Ganuka Fernando beat Shammama Faisac 6-1, 6-2 in his singles match before joining Lithum Jayabandu to win the doubles against Shammama Faisac and Bakr Akam 6-2, 6-1.

In the second singles Jayabandu went down to Bakr Akam (6-3, 6-2).

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Dialog powers Royal – Thomian for 19th time

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Lasantha Thevarapperuma – Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC handing over the sponsorship to Rev. Marc Billimoria – Warden, S. Thomas’ College and Thilak Waththuhewa - Principal, Royal College. Also pictured (L) Rehan Gunasekera – Co-Chairman, Royal Thomian Match Organizing Committee From RC, (R) Arjuna Waidyasekera – Co-Chairman, Royal Thomian Match Organizing Committee from STC.

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has extended corporate backing for the 19th year as official sponsor of the country’s blue ribboned cricket encounter, the ‘Battle of the Blues’ between Royal College, Colombo, and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia on March 7, 8 and 9 at the SSC Grounds, Colombo. The limited-over ‘Mustang’s Trophy’ match will be on March 16, also at the same venue.

The 145th cricket encounter will be aired live on Dialog Television – ThePapare TV HD (Channel Number 126), live-streamed on ThePapare.com and the Dialog ViU App.

Further, Dialog initiated the ‘Play for a Cause’ charity initiative with a mission to uplift school cricket across Sri Lanka. Through a generous pledge of Rs. 1,000 for every run scored and Rs. 10,000 for every wicket taken, last year’s encounter raised a substantial donation of Rs. 1,128,000. The proceedings were distributed in consultation with the Principal of Royal College and the Warden of S. Thomas’ College. This commendable effort helped support and empower four deserving schools in the country.

In this year’s encounter, the boys from Mt. Lavinia will be led by Mahith Perera, while the lads from Reid Avenue will play under the captaincy of Sineth Jayawardena, the U-19 Sri Lanka skipper. The ‘Royal-Thomian’ series spans an impressive 144 years, making it the second longest uninterrupted cricket series in the world, behind the annual encounter between St. Peters College, Adelaide, and Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, Australia, which began just a year earlier.

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