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Cricket: Sri Lanka make 168-7 in Bangladesh T20

Opener Kusal Perera top-scored with 64 off 44 balls to steer Sri Lanka to 168-7 in the first Twenty20 international against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Wednesday. The left-hander hit seven boundaries and a six, but found little support from the rest of the top order after the tourists were sent in to bat at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Sri Lanka were reduced to 120-6 in the 15th over, before Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera boosted the total with a seventh-wicket partnership of 44 from 31 balls.

Sri Lanka arrests New Zealand-bound boat people

Sri Lankan police said Wednesday they had arrested 75 would-be asylum-seekers trying to leave for New Zealand illegally, including nine women, six children, and a suspected former Tamil Tiger guerrilla. The group was arrested in the southern coastal town of Moragolla. It was the first large-scale arrest of nationals in months after Australia, long a favourite destination for Sri Lanka's refugees, tightened its borders. "These people were trying to leave illegally for New Zealand," a police statement said.

Sri Lanka arrests New Zealand-bound boat people

Sri Lanka's police arrested 75 would-be asylum seekers on Wednesday, including nine women and six children, who were trying to leave for New Zealand illegally by boat, police said. The group was arrested in the southern coastal town of Moragolla, the first large-scale arrest of nationals in months after Australia, long a favourite destination for Sri Lanka's refugees, tightened its borders. "These people were trying to leave illegally for New Zealand," a police statement said, adding that they would be taken before a magistrate later Wednesday.

Cricket: Sri Lanka says it had to abstain from ICC vote

Sri Lanka has defended its decision to tacitly support a controversial shakeup of cricket's world body, saying it was left with no choice after South Africa broke ranks over the move. Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa all opposed the revamp of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) governance and structure when it was debated last month. But Sri Lanka decided to abstain from voting on the move during an ICC board meeting on Saturday, along with Pakistan, after South Africa switched to vote in favour.

Pope Francis may visit Sri Lanka on Asia trip

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday told Sri Lankans living in Italy that he hoped to take up an invitation to visit their country, where the wounds of civil war still needed to heal. The Pope met a group of Sri Lankan pilgrims, led by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, who proffered the invitation. He responded: "I thank Cardinal Ranjith for the invitation to visit Sri Lanka. I welcome this invitation and I think the Lord will grant us the grace."

Cricket: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka second Test scoreboard

Tea scores on the fifth day of the second and final Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chittagong on Saturday: Sri Lanka 1st innings: 587 (K. Sangakkara 319, M. Jayawardene 72, A. Mendis 47, Shakib Al Hasan 5-148) Bangladesh 1st innings: 426 (Shamsur Rahman 106, Imrul Kayes 115, Shakib Al Hasan 50, A. Mendis 6-99, D. Perera 3-119) Sri Lanka 2nd innings 305-4 declared (K. Sangakkara 105, D. Chandimal 100 not out) Bangladesh 2nd innings (overnight 12-0): Tamim Iqbal b Vithanage 31

Cricket: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka second Test scoreboard

Lunch scores on the fifth day of the second and final Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chittagong on Saturday: Sri Lanka 1st innings: 587 (K. Sangakkara 319, M. Jayawardene 72, A. Mendis 47, Shakib Al Hasan 5-148) Bangladesh 1st innings: 426 (Shamsur Rahman 106, Imrul Kayes 115, Shakib Al Hasan 50, A. Mendis 6-99, D. Perera 3-119) Sri Lanka 2nd innings 305-4 declared (K. Sangakkara 105, D. Chandimal 100 not out) Bangladesh 2nd innings (overnight 12-0): Tamim Iqbal b Vithanage 31 Shamsur Rahman b Perera 45

Cricket: Sangakkara hits another ton as Sri Lanka eye win

Kumar Sangakkara became the second batsman in history to score a triple-century and a hundred in the same match as Sri Lanka pressed for victory in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday. The tourists, who led by 161 runs on the first innings, declared their second knock at 305-4 in the post-tea session of the fourth day's play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Bangladesh, set an improbable target of 467 to record a series-levelling win, were 12-0 at stumps with Tamim Iqbal on seven and Shamsur Rahman on four.

Cricket: Sri Lanka lead Bangladesh by 356 runs

Sri Lanka were 195-3 in their second innings at tea on the fourth day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday. Kumar Sangakkara, who scored a triple-century in the first innings, was unbeaten on 90 at the break. Dinesh Chandimal was on 49 as Sri Lanka built a lead of 356 runs with seven wickets in hand. Earlier, Bangladesh were bowled out for 426 in their first innings within 25 minutes of the start in reply to Sri Lanka's 587.

Cricket: Sri Lanka lead Bangladesh by 356 runs

Sri Lanka were 195-3 in their second innings at tea on the fourth day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday. Kumar Sangakkara, who scored a triple-century in the first innings, was unbeaten on 90 at the break. Dinesh Chandimal was on 49 as Sri Lanka built a lead of 356 runs with seven wickets in hand. Earlier, Bangladesh were bowled out for 426 in their first innings within 25 minutes of the start in reply to Sri Lanka's 587.
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