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The first T20 between Sri Lanka and Australia this evening.


Seamer Kasun Rajitha has been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two T20s against Australia, while allrounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana, batsman Chamara Kapugedara, and spinner Sachithra Senanayake, have also all been recalled.

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Tharanga, Dickwella & Dasun included in the SL ODI squad.

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews' calf tear has ruled him out of the remainder of Australia's tour, while all-rounder Thisara Perera and left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan have been released from the Sri Lanka squad for the fifth One Day International.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017 ticket ballot opens.

The International Cricket Council has announced that the ticket ballot for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017, to be staged in England and Wales from June next year, opens today giving cricket fans the opportunity to apply to watch one of the 15 games.

Tickets prices start at just 5 pounds for children and 20 pounds for adults. The ballot will be open for 30 days through the official website at www.icc-cricket.com/tickets and fans can submit an application for as many games as they wish. The ballot closes at 20.00 British Standard Time on 30th of this month.

SL seek revival against depleted Australia in the 4th ODI

The Sri Lankan cricket team is likely to experiment a new opening pair in the 4th One Day International against Australia today. Therefore, Sri Lanka may push Dhananjaya de Silva up the order to open, as he does for his club team replacing retired T.M.Dilshan. Angelo Perera is expected to be featured in the middle order.
 
Meanwhile, with Shaun Marsh unavailable due to an inury Usman Khawaja is likely to enter the Australian team. Nathan Lyon may also play in place of Josh Hazlewood, as Dambulla track will have worn since Sunday.
 
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that all the tickets for today's match have been sold out and that no tickets will be available at the venue.
 
The match is scheduled to start at 2.30 p.m. Sri Lankan time.

The 3rd ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia will be played at Rangiri Dambulu Cricket stadium as a day and night encounter.

 

The 3rd ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia will be played at Rangiri Dambulu Cricket stadium as a day and night encounter. The ground has not been utilized for a long time due to reconstruction at the site.

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Polish Olympian sells Rio medal to save three-year-old battling cancer


Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he auctioned off his medal this week to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer. The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek
who said he had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope.

Steven Smith heads home to rest ahead of 2016-17.

Australia captain Steven Smith will miss the remainder of the tour of Sri Lanka - three ODIs and two T20Is - as he returns home to rest ahead of the tour of South Africa. David Warner will lead the side in the rest of the fixtures in Sri Lanka.

Smith revealed the development at the end of the second ODI in Colombo, which Sri Lanka won by 82 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.  Australia have lost four of their five international fixtures on tour so far, but Smith suggested his early departure had been considered since much earlier in the tour.

Australia's last match in Sri Lanka is a T20 international on September 9. Their tour of South Africa begins on September 27 with an ODI against Ireland in Benoni, after which they play five ODIs against South Africa. Smith, who is Australia's captain across all formats, said the role remained manageable despite the team's busy schedule. 

Sri Lanka levels the one day series while Australian skipper heads home.

Youngsters shined again to help Sri Lanka beat Australia in the 2nd One Day International by 82 runs leveling the series 1-1. Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 288 all out in 48 .5 overs. Although Sri Lanka lost their openers within 12 runs Kusal Mendis top scored with 69, backed up by aggressive 50s from captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera.

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SL plans cautious approach against Starc in the 2nd ODI

Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Angelo Mathews says his team would seek to shelve the ambitious strokes against Australian left arm quick Mitchell Starc. Mathews pointed out if his team can score 40 or 50 runs off him, they would be able to catch up against the other bowlers.
Starc was already miserly during the first One Day International. He did not concede a boundary in his
10 overs, which cost only 32 and was also penetrative, taking three wickets. Each of those dismissals, however, was the result of an expansive drive gone awry.

Meanwhile, if Dinesh Chandimal scores another fifty in today's match, he will join Andrew Jones, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Yousuf, Asif Iqbal, and Mark Waugh, at second on the list of most fifties on the trot in One Day matches. Javed Miandad holds the record with nine consecutive
half-centuries.

The 2nd One Day International between the two teams will get underway at the R. Premadasa stadium at 2.30 p.m.

Sri Lanka seek quick turnaround in 2nd ODI

Having taken an early lead in the five-match One-Day International series, Australia will aim to carry forward the momentum when they take on hosts Sri Lanka in the second game at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

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