Tri Series ScheduleCANCELLED
- August 14, Sri Lanka vs South Africa at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
- August 16 Sri Lanka vs India at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
- August 19 India vs South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club
- August 21 Sri Lanka vs South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club
- August 24 Sri Lanka vs India at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
- August 26 India vs South Africa at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
- August 29 Final at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
Asian Cricket News June 2006
Sri Lanka beat England in 4th ODI by 33 runs
Jun 28, 2006Sri Lanka beat England by 33 runs to win the fourth one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match NatWest Series. Defeat was England's ninth in 11 one-day internationals, as chasing 319 for victory, they were bowled out for 285 with no batsman making fifty. Sri Lanka, after winning the toss, scored 318 for seven with captain Mahela Jayawardene's 100 his second century in as many matches after an unbeaten 126 at the Riverside on Saturday had sealed an eight-wicket win. England, with off-spinner James Dalrymple taking two for 44, pulled things back before an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 68 in just 38 balls between Farveez Maharoof (58 not out) and Malinga Bandara (28 not out).
Fourth ODI, Old Trafford: Sri Lanka 318-7 (50 ovs) bt England 285 by 33 runs
Sri Lanka wrap up series
Jun 24, 2006Sri Lanka sealed the NatWest Series with an eight-wicket rout of England in the third match at the Riverside. Mahela Jayawardene (126no) was chief destroyer as Sri Lanka reached their target with 46 balls to spare. Kumar Sangakkara (58no), Upul Tharanga (41) and Sanath Jayasuriya (23) also feasted on a barrage of short and wide balls, with all the seamers culpable. Ian Bell, whose 77 off 114 balls was his fourth ODI half-century, had earlier steered England to 261-7.
Third ODI, The Riverside, Sri Lanka 265-2 (42.2 overs) bt England 261-7 (50 overs) by eight
Sri Lanka beat England in the Second ODI by 46 runs
Jun 21, 2006Sanath Jayasuriya hit his 20th one-day century as Sri Lanka saw off England by 46 runs in the second one-day match.
Jayasuriya (122) took advantage of some woeful bowling, with Sajid Mahmood conceding 80 off seven overs, to help the tourists make 319-8 at The Oval. It was their highest total ever against England and although Kevin Pietersen (73) and Paul Collingwood (56) battled, they were out for 273 off 46.4 overs. Jayasuriya finished with three wickets as his side went 2-0 up in the series.
Second ODI, The Oval: Sri Lanka 319-8 (50 overs) bt England 273 (46.4 overs) by 46 runs
Sri Lanka beat England in the first ODI by 20 runs
Jun 19, 2006Upul Tharanga's third one-day century led Sri Lanka to a 20-run win in the opening one-day match against England. The tourists totalled 257-9 after being put in by Andrew Strauss, helped by 42 extras gifted by England. And they seized control by reducing England to 66-4, Kevin Pietersen among the early casualties, brilliantly caught by Mahela Jayawardene. Marcus Trescothick and Jamie Dalrymple each made 67 but England ran out of overs with their score on 237-9.
First ODI, Lord's Sri Lanka 257-9 (50 overs) bt England 237-9 by 20 runs
Asia, Afro-Asia cricket cup tournament postponed
Jun 14, 2006The Asia Cup one-day tournament has been put off until 2008 due to a packed schedule, an Indian board official said on Monday. The six-team event was initially planned for Pakistan in February but was postponed after India withdrew citing a tight calendar. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) which met in Colombo on Sunday expressed concerns over its financial impact after India suggested the postponement but the members eventually agreed. "This year we already have the Champions Trophy and the World Cup early next year, so we can't do it," Indian board secretary Niranjan Shah told Reuters by phone. The ICC Champions Trophy is set for India in October-November with West Indies staging the World Cup in March-April next year. An annual Afro-Asia Cup one-day series launched last year in South Africa was also pushed back to next year due to scheduling problems, he said. The second edition, initially planned in India in September, would now be held in Africa in June next year with Malaysia to host the third edition in 2008. The event has a three-year television rights contract.
Bangladesh confirm Kenya, Zimbabwe tours in July-August
Jun 07, 2006The Bangladesh cricket team will tour Kenya and Zimbabwe from July to play limited-overs international matches, a national cricket board news release said on Wednesday. Bangladesh will play three one-day matches in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on July 19, 22 and 23. It will then visit Zimbabwe for a five-match series, from July 29 to Aug. 6, in the capital, Harare. A 19-member squad, led by captain Habibul Bashar, has already been attending a training camp, under coach Dav Whatmore, for the tour. Bangladesh, the lowest-ranking among 10 test nations, won its first ever test and one-day series against Zimbabwe at home in January 2005. Zimbabwe is currently suspended from playing test cricket, while Kenya enjoys one-day status.
Sri Lanka in England
Muralitharan leads Sri Lanka tio big win
Jun 05, 2006Muttiah Muralitharan took eight of England's second- innings wickets today to help Sri Lanka win the third and final Test by 134 runs and secure a 1-1 draw in the series. After claiming 3-62 in the first innings, Murali posted second-innings figures of 8-70 as England, needing 325 to win, slumped to 190 all out on the fourth of five days' play. It was the best performance by a bowler at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Earlier, Sri Lanka added 36 runs to its overnight score of 286-7. Liam Plunkett had Kapugedera caught at short leg by Cook without adding to his overnight score of 50.
Third Test, Trent Bridge (day four): Sri Lanka 231 & 322 beat England 229 & 190 by 134 runs
England set to face record chase
Jun 04, 2006England will need to make the highest score ever to win a Trent Bridge Test after fifties from Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Kapugedera on the third day. Kapugedera, aged 19 and in his second Test, was 50 not out in Sri Lanka's 286-7 as England trailed by 288 after Sangakkara had crafted a fine 66. Monty Panesar had figures of 3-64 on the day but the seamers struggled. Upul Tharanga (46) and Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene (45) had also enjoyed success with the bat.
Third Test, Trent Bridge (day three, stumps): Sri Lanka 231 & 286-7; England 229
Sri Lanka make shoddy England pay
Jun 03, 2006England batted dismally on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test as they were bowled out for 229 by Sri Lanka. And the tourists then reached a handy 45-1 in their second innings at stumps for an overall lead of 47. No England batsman reached 50, and with Paul Collingwood's 48 taking almost four hours the scoring rate was slow. Muttiah Muralitharan took 3-62 and that haul included the key wicket of Kevin Pietersen (41), while Sri Lanka's other bowlers also managed to perform well.
Third Test, Trent Bridge (day two, stumps): Sri Lanka 231 & 45-1; England 229
Sri Lanka rally to rattle England
Jun 02, 2006England let Sri Lanka off the hook on day one of the third Test at Trent Bridge with the teams on level terms. The tourists, having elected to bat first, were in strife at 139-8 before recovering to be all out for 231. England then had the chance to establish supremacy with the bat on a blameless wicket but Andrew Strauss and Marcus Trescothick were both dismissed. At stumps, they were 53-2 with Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen at the crease and the pressure back on the hosts.