Sri Lanka Cricket News AUG 2016 - Compiled by Victor Melder

Sri Lanka Cricket announced this week the opening of the largest Indoor Cricket Centre in Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium during the Sri Lanka – Australia cricket series 2016. Sri Lanka Cricket would like to emphasise that the construction of the same has now been undertaken by the Central Province Cricket Association under the supervision of SLC at a huge saving of Rs.50 million with SLC gaining additional facilities including two playing strips. The new Centre will be equipped with the latest technologies with high-tech cameras and longest run-up laid with Tufted Turf for player comfort and to reduce impact. On an invitation extended by the Chief Executive Officer SLC, Ashley de Silva, ICC Chief Executive Officer, David Richardson visited the ongoing construction site at Pallekele and was impressed with the facilities that are to be provided in the near future and conveyed his best wishes to the President, Thilanga Sumathipala and the Executive Committee of SLC. (Daily Island 6.8.2016) Sri Lanka beat the touring Australians by 229 runs to win the second Test, played at the Galle International Stadium, Galle.

Scores: Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 281 (Mendis 86, Mathews 86, M.D.K.J. Perera 49, D.M.de Silva 37, Starc 5/44, Lyon 2/78, Marsh 1/30) Australia, 1st Innings – 106 (Warner 42, Marsh 27, Perera 4/29, Herath 4/35, Sandakan 1/0, Fernando 1/16) Sri Lanka, 2nd innings – 237 (M.D.K.Perera 64, Mathews 47, M.D.K.J.Perera 35, Starc 6/50, Lyon 2/80, Hazlewood 1/13, Holland 1/69) Australia, 2nd Innings – 183 (Warner 41, Smith 30, Voges 28, M.D.K.Perera 6/70, Herath 2/74, Sandakan 1/30) Test debuts: J.M.Holland (Australia) & M.V.T.Fernando (Sri Lanka) Player of the Match: M.D.K.Perera (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka beat the touring Australians by 163 runs to win the third and final Test, played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo. Scores: Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 355 (Chandimal 132, D.M.de Silva 129, Herath 33 ret hurt, Starc 5/63, Lyon 3/110, Holland 1/69) Australia, 1st Innings – 379 (S.E.Marsh 130, Smith 119, M.R.Marsh 53, Herath 6/81, Perera 2/129, D.M.de Silva 1/27, Lakmal 1/54) Sri Lanka, 2nd Innings – 347/8 dec (J.K.Silva 115, D.N.de Silva 65no, Chandimal 43, Lyon 4/123, Starc 2/72, Holland 2/72) Australia, 2nd Innings – 160 (Warner 68, Starc 23, S.E.Marsh 23, Herath 6/64, Perera 2/71) Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 3-0 and won the Warne Muralitharan Trophy. Player of the Match: H.M.R.K.B Herath (Sri Lanka) Player of the Series: H.M.R.K.B. Herath (Sri Lanka)

The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets to win the first One-Day International, played at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Scores: Sri Lanka – 227/8 in 50 Overs (Chandimal 80no, Mendis 67, Dilshan 22, Faulkner 4/38, Starc 3/32, Henriques 1/48) Australia – 228/7 in 46.5 Overs (Smith 58, Finch 56, Bailey 39, Wade 26, Perera 3/48, Sandakan 2/33, Perera 1/25, Aponso 1/27) ODI Debuts: M.A. Aponso & P.A.D.L.R. Sandakan (Sri Lanka) Player of the Match: J.P.Faulkner (Australia)

Sri Lanka beat the touring Australians by 82 runs to win the second One-Day International, played at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Scores: Sri Lanka – 288 in 48.5 Overs (Mendis 69, Mathews 57, M.D.K.J.Perera 54, Chandimal 48, Zampa 3/42, Faulkner 3/45, Starc 3/53) Australia – 206 in 47.2 Overs (Eade 76, Head 31,Smith 30, Aponso 4/18, N.L.T.C.Perera 3/33, Mathews 2/17, Prasanna 1/48) Player of the Match: A.D.Mathews (Sri Lanka)

The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets to win the third One-Day international, played at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Scores: Sri Lanka – 226 in 49.2 Overs (Chandimal 102, Dilshan 42, Zampa 3/38, Hastings 2/41, Starc 2/42, Hazlewood 1/51) Australia – 227/8 in 46 Overs (Bailey 70, Wade 42, Head 36, Finch 30, Mathews 2/30, Aponso 2/44, M.D.K.Perera 2/45) Player of the Match: G.J.Bailey (Australia)

The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to win the fourth One-Day international, played at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Scores: Sri Lanka – 212 in 50 Overs (de Silva 76, Mathews 40, Pathirana 24, Hastings 6/45, Head 1/5, Zampa 1/30, Boland 1/36) Australia – 217 for 4 in 31 Overs (Bailey 90no, Finch 55, Head 40, Pathirana 3/37, Perera 1/69) Australai lead the 5-match series 3-1 ODI debut: W.I.A.Fernando (Sri Lanka) Player of the Match: J.W.Hastings (Australia)