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Dilshan becomes first Sri Lankan to score century in India since 1997

Perhaps the reason why Sri Lanka has failed on Indian soil time and time again; Tillakaratne Dilshan's 112 runs is the first century from a Lankan batsman since 1997. It is also only the 5th century by a Sri Lankan on Indian soil since 1982.

Selfish intent may hurt Sangakkara

Some would say Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara chose to play in the IPL over playing for Sri Lanka. As I write this, Sri Lanka are 302-4 in their 2nd inning, in the 2nd Test match, at the SSC.

Bidding farewell to Chaminda Vaas ushers in a new more potent new ball bowling attack

Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas spearheaded the Sri Lankan fast bowling attack for over 10 years. Vaas made his debut at a time when Sri Lanka didn't care much for quick bowlers. Under Ranatunga, and even in the late 90's, Sri Lanka's bowling attack revolved around spin. There were times when Sri Lankan fast bowlers never finished their quota of overs. The captain was happy to bowl out part-timers instead.

Upul Tharanga lower down the order?

We all know what a capable batsman he is. We know there is a lot of talent there. But we also know he is a little too loose outside the off-stump to be an opening batsman.

You could have gotten away with it for the last 10 years, on low flat wickets in Sri Lanka. Things have changed a lot. Wickets in Sri Lanka now have that pace and bounce to ask questions of any technique.

Missing the Jayasuriya factor

Some would say it was sweet of Sangakkara to push Mahela Jayawardena up the order in the 3rd ODI at the expense of Sanath Jayasuriya. But the 4th ODI proved to Sri Lanka's skipper that giving his mate a chance to get back into form, by sending him up the order, during the first two powerplays, and at the expense of a match winner could be disastrous.

Sri Lanka's batting lets the whole nation down

As fans we've talked about this on numerous occasions. Sri Lanka's batting has let the nation down time and time again. It let them down through the whole Twenty20 World Cup tournament. If not for TM Dilshan one wonders if Sri Lanka would have progressed this far to make it to the finals.

Sri Lanka's first match since Lahore - Sangakkara's first match as captain

Monday the 8th of June 2009, a day which means so much to so many. This is Sri Lanka's first game since Taliban terrorist attacked their convoy in Pakistan. Mahela Jayawardena stepped down from captaincy and Kumar Sangakkara was appointed the new skipper of Sri Lanka. Muttiah Muralitharan, the first Tamil vice captain in Sri Lankan history, will also take the field in tomorrow's game.

ICC 20Twenty World Cup 2009 - Not a whole lot to be optimistic about for Sri Lanka

I'm uncertain about our current team and it's chances at the ICC T20 World Cup. Barring Dilshan and Malinga, the rest on show at the IPL were nothing special.

How is our batting order going to perform against top international bowlers when they struggled against Indian rookies at the IPL?

IPL ends early for Jayasuriya and Malinga

The Mumbai Indians are officially out of the 2009 DLF- Indian Premier League. The loss to Chennai Super Kings has ruled out any chance of making the semi finals.

Mumbai Indians shoots its self in the foot leaving Jayasuriya out

When you pay someone $975,000 - almost a million USD - you would expect them to work everyday of their stipulated contract. You wont want anyone having a day off when they are only expected to play for a couple of months every year and you are paying them a staggering fee.

Why a Sri Lankan national cricket coach wont fit the bill

Can you picture a batsman like Sanath Jayasuriya or Mahela Jayawardene taking tips from Chandika Hathurusinghe? To be honest I can't see that ever happening! It not just an ego issue, it is also a practicality issue. The coach must be able to command some level of respect for successful international players to take them seriously.

Lasith Malinga is back!

Lasith Malinga on the comeback trail after injury is making some serious progress at the Indian Premier League.

Dilshan delivers for the Daredevils - Mendis makes his first appearance at the IPL

Tillakaratne Dilshan who has been in fine batting form since his promotion as opener in Sri Lanka’s ODI side sent the Chennai bowlers on a leather hunt with a 27 ball half century

Mahela Jayawardene shines as rain deals Punjab another loss

It's fair to say that rain or no rain the Kolkata Knight Riders, assisted by the big hitting Gayle, were cruising to a win. Duckworth and Lewis, however, ended the misery for Preity Zinta's men.

Earlier in the day KKR won the toss and fielded first. The Sri Lankan nationals on show, Sanga and Mahela, showed glimpses of what the tournament may hold for them both.

If the wickets spin like this I'm going to enjoy the rest of the tournament - Muralitharan at the IPL

Muttiah Muralitharan picked up the man of the match award in match five of the Indian Premier League tournament. Murali's 3-11 dealt a crushing 92 run defeat to Kevin Pietersen's Royal Challengers.