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Cricket: Sri Lanka in sight of huge win in first Test

Bangladesh's fragile top order caved in for the second time in the match to leave Sri Lanka on the brink of a resounding win in the first Test in Dhaka on Thursday. Bangladesh, trailing by a huge 498-run margin on first innings, struggled to 150-6 in their second knock by lunch on the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera grabbed three wickets as the hosts lost five batsmen in the morning session after resuming at 35-1.

Cricket: Sri Lanka 60-0 in reply to Bangladesh's 232

Sri Lanka, replying to Bangladesh's first innings total of 232, were 60-0 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Monday. Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 28 and Kaushal Silva was on 30. Earlier, Shaminda Eranga claimed four wickets and new-ball partner Suranga Lakmal took three as Sri Lanka bowled out the hosts in 63.5 overs after electing to field. Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 61 and Shakib Al Hasan made 55 for the home side. str-kl/jta

Cricket: Sri Lanka put Bangladesh in to bat in first Test

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to bat in the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Monday. Bangladesh left out Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mahmudullah and Abdur Razzak from their initial squad, and awarded a Test cap to opening batsman Shamsur Rahman. Sri Lanka were without wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene, who is to return home to Colombo later on Monday due to his father's illness. The tourists omitted unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis, preferring all-rounder Dilruwan Perera.

Cricket: Sri Lanka 133-5 at close, 220 ahead in third Test

Sri Lanka closed the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan on 133-5 in Sharjah on Sunday. Angelo Mathews (14) and Prasanna Jayawardene (six) were at the crease with Sri Lanka holding a lead of 220 runs with five wickets in hand and a full day's play left as they seek to win the series which they lead 1-0. Left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman (2-36) and paceman Mohammad Talha (2-36) shared the bowling spoils. Earlier, Pakistan were dismissed for 341 in their first innings, conceding a lead of 87 over Sri Lanka's total of 428-9 declared.

Cricket: Junaid strikes as Mathews misses hundred in third Test

Pakistan paceman Junaid Khan took two wickets on successive deliveries to deprive Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews a deserving hundred on the second day of the third and final Test in Sharjah on Friday. Mathews was shaping well for his third Test century -- the second in this series -- when he miscued a drive off Junaid and was caught by a diving Ahmed Shehzad for 91 before Sri Lanka reached tea at 359-8. Debutant Dilruwan Perera had completed his maiden half-century and was batting on 54 with Shaminda Eranga unbeaten on two.

Cricket: Sri Lanka 359-8 at tea in third Test

Sri Lanka were 359-8 at tea on the second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Friday. At the break, debutant Dilruwan Perera (54) and Shaminda Eranga (two) were at the crease as Sri Lanka added 139 runs for the loss of three wickets after resuming the day at 220-5. Skipper Angelo Mathews scored a brilliant 91 before he fell to paceman Junaid Khan who had figures of 3-65. Mohammad Talha and Saeed Ajmal had two wickets apiece.

Cricket: Sri Lanka close on win after Misbah's fall

Sri Lanka closed in on a win in the second Test against Pakistan after left-arm spinner Rangan Herath dismissed Misbah-ul Haq three short of a fighting hundred in Dubai on Saturday. Herath spun one across Misbah's bat to hit the off stump to leave Pakistan at 265-6 at tea on the fourth day, leading by just 42 runs in the second innings with one full session and a day to play.

Cricket: Sri Lanka 167-8 at tea in first Test

Sri Lanka, sent into bat by Pakistan, were 167-8 at tea in their first innings on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Skipper Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 57 and Shaminda Eranga was 12 not out at tea after Pakistan opted to field on winning the toss. Paceman Junaid Khan had figures of 5-51 while fellow fast bowler Bilawal Bhatti took 3-59 as Sri Lanka were derailed by some fine pace bowling after being 66-1 at lunch. The three-Test series will also have matches in Dubai (January 8-12) and Sharjah (January 16-20). sh/lp

Cricket: Sri Lanka bowled out for 204 in first test

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 204 in their first innings of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Sent into bat, Sri Lanka were comfortably placed at 66-1 before losing seven wickets for the loss of 101 runs before Angelo Mathews (91) and Shaminda Eranga (14) added 61 for the ninth wicket. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored 38 after Sri Lanka were sent into bat at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Pacemen Junaid Khan grabbed 5-58 while fellow fast bowler took 3-65. sh/lp

Cricket: South Africa put Sri Lanka in to bat

South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in the first one-day international at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Saturday. The Proteas, already without three frontline players in Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith, suffered a blow when star batsman Hashim Amla pulled out of the first game due to a stiff neck. Sri Lanka are captained by 23-year-old Dinesh Chandimal after Angelo Mathews was suspended for two games for slow over-rates during the recent tri-series in the West Indies.
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