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New Zealand opt to bowl in first Sri Lanka Test

New Zealand opt to bowl in first Sri Lanka Test

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl on a green wicket in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Wellington s Basin Reserve on Saturday.Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson said he expected the pitch would suit his three-pronged pace attack, comprising Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner.”There s obviously a bit […]

Sri Lanka Supreme Court restores sacked parliament

Sri Lanka Supreme Court restores sacked parliament

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections next year.The Indian Ocean island has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since Sirisena sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse.Wickremesinghe’s party led […]

Sri Lanka president signs papers to dissolve parliament

Sri Lanka president signs papers to dissolve parliament

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena signed a gazette notification to dissolve the nation’s parliament with effect from Friday midnight, two sources told Reuters, in a move that will likely worsen a political crisis.It will mean that new parliamentary elections can be held in January-February, one of the sources, a close ally of the president, told Reuters.The dissolution […]

England blood Burns, Foakes in first Test against Sri Lanka

England blood Burns, Foakes in first Test against Sri Lanka

(AFP) – England gave debuts to opener Rory Burns and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes as they won the toss and chose to bat on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Tuesday.Surrey left-hander Burns will have the tough job of replacing Alistair Cook, who retired this year, as opener.Foakes, Burns s […]

Cricket legend Ranatunga arrested over fatal shooting in Sri Lanka crisis

Cricket legend Ranatunga arrested over fatal shooting in Sri Lanka crisis

COLOMBO (AFP) – Police arrested Sri Lanka s petroleum minister Monday, a day after a man was killed when bodyguards opened fire to rescue him from a group loyal to the country s president, officials said.Arjuna Ranatunga, captain of Sri Lanka s 1996 cricket World Cup winning side and an ally of ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, was […]

Chandimal sweats as Sri Lanka and West Indies draw 2nd Test

Chandimal sweats as Sri Lanka and West Indies draw 2nd Test

GROS-ISLET, Saint Lucia Kraigg Brathwaite’s defiance and more inclement weather ensured a draw on the final day of the second Test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Monday. On a day when their captain, Dinesh Chandimal, who has been charged by umpires Aleem Dar and […]

West Indies crush Sri Lanka by 226-runs in first Test

West Indies crush Sri Lanka by 226-runs in first Test

PORT OF SPAIN;West Indies completed a crushing 226-run victory over Sri Lanka just after lunch on the final day of the first Test on Sunday as the tourists surrendered meekly following the demise of century-maker Kusal Mendis and captain Dinesh Chandimal. Set a daunting target of 453, the Sri Lankans crashed from 189 for three […]