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Cricket: Perera to replace Thirimanne in Sri Lanka squad

Sri Lanka called up opener Kaushal Perera on Monday after experienced batsman Lahiru Thirimanne was ruled out of the remainder of the three-Test series against Pakistan. Thirimanne, 24, suffered an ankle injury in the first of five one-day internationals which Sri Lanka lost to Pakistan 3-2. He was kept in the squad in the hope he would get fit for the Test series, which started with a draw in Abu Dhabi, but he will play no part after failing to recover in time.

Cricket: Mathews fifty lifts Sri Lanka to 145-4 first Twenty20

Angelo Mathews scored his second fifty to guide Sri Lanka to 145-5 in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Dubai stadium on Wednesday. Sent into bat, Sri Lankan batsmen did not capitalise on the good starts before Mathews (50) and Lahiru Thirimanne (23 not out) added 58 for the fifth wicket stand. Mathews hit five boundaries and a six off 34 balls before holing out in the last over. Experienced opener Tillakaratne Dilshan managed just seven before he was the first wicket to fall in the second over.

Cricket: S.Africa bat against S.Lanka in final T20

South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and chose to bat in the third and final Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Tuesday. The Proteas, already enjoying an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, will look for a clean sweep to make amends for their 1-4 defeat in the preceding one-day internationals. Sri Lanka, the world's top-ranked Twenty20 side, will slip to number three behind Pakistan and South Africa if they lose the series 3-0.

Cricket: Dilshan's 99 leads Sri Lanka to 307-4

Tillakaratne Dilshan missed his second successive century by one run as Sri Lanka piled up 307-4 in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa in Colombo on Wednesday. The aggressive opener, who hit an unbeaten 115 in the fourth game in Pallekele on Sunday, plundered 13 boundaries before he was bowled for 99 by Ryan McLaren in the 39th over. Lahiru Thirimanne, promoted to number three, scored 68 and Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 75 off 45 balls after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat at the Premadasa stadium.

Cricket: South Africa elect to bat against Sri Lanka

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat in the fourth one-day international against hosts Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Sunday. The Proteas, trailing 1-2 in the five-match series, need a win to take the series into Wednesday's decider in Colombo. The tourists were boosted by the return of star batsman Hashim Amla, who missed the last match due to a knee injury. Seamer Rory Kleinveldt was also included for the first time in the series. The duo replaced opener Alviro Petersen and seamer Ryan McLaren.

Cricket: Australia ask Sri Lanka to bat in key game

Australian captain George Bailey won the toss in overcast conditions and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in the last group match at the Oval in London on Monday. Sri Lanka will join hosts England in the semi-finals from group A if they win. Australia need a big victory to overtake New Zealand's run-rate and make the last four. India and South Africa are the semi-finalists from group B. Australia: George Bailey (capt), Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Phillip Hughes, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

Cricket: Sri Lanka rest Herath for Bangladesh ODIs

Sri Lanka's left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been rested for the first two home one-day internationals against Bangladesh, the national selectors announced on Monday. Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has been named in a 16-man squad but his participation is subject to fitness, according to a Sri Lanka Cricket statement. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene was not considered for selection as he had yet to recover from a finger injury.

Sri Lanka rest Herath from first two ODIs

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka have rested left-arm spinner Rangana Herath from the first two one-day internationals against Bangladesh to be played at Hambantota on March 23 and 25. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene was not considered for selection because of a finger injury, the cricket board said. Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan's selection is subject to fitness after he suffered a strain on his upper thigh on Sunday. He went for a precautionary scan but Sri Lanka manager Michael de Zoysa was optimistic about his chances of playing.

Cricket: Bangladesh put Sri Lanka in trouble

Bangladesh took three wickets in the morning session to put Sri Lanka under pressure on the second day of the second and final Test in Colombo on Sunday. Seamers Abul Hasan and Robiul Islam and off-spinner Sohag Gazi each took one wicket as Sri Lanka reached 81-4 in their first innings at lunch in reply to Bangladesh's 240. Kumar Sangakkara, who scored a century in each innings of the drawn first Test in Galle, was unbeaten on 38 at the break with Dinesh Chandimal (three not out). The hosts added 63 runs to their overnight total of 18-1.

Cricket: Sri Lanka 335-4 decl in second innings

Sri Lanka, trailing by 68 runs, declared their second innings at 335-4 at tea on the fifth and final day of the opening Test against Bangladesh in Galle on Tuesday. Skipper Angelo Mathews remained unbeaten on 38 with Lahiru Thirimanne (two not out). Bangladesh now chase an improbable 268-run victory target off 35 overs. str-mv/sr
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