Mahela Jayawardene closed the curtain on an illustrious test career on Monday, leaving a huge gap in the Sri Lanka batting order as well as the dressing room, which the island country will find difficult to bridge.
Kumar Sangakkara profited from three "lives" to hit his 47th test match 50 but England`s pacemen hit back to reduced Sri Lanka to 182 for five at tea on the first day of the second test in Leeds on Friday.
Sri Lankan pace star Lasith Malinga has revealed that he `really` enjoyed his captaincy in the last three games during the World Twenty20 tournament, which his team won by beating India on Sunday in the finals at Dhaka.
South Africa and Sri Lanka captains Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Chandimal were suspended for one match each Friday while their players were fined after both sides maintained slow over-rates during their ICC World Twenty20 Group 1 encounters at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here Thursday.
Their campaign opener against New Zealand spoilt by rain, 2010 champions England face a difficult task of taming table-toppers Sri Lanka to keep their semifinal hopes alive in the ICC World Twenty20 here on Thursday.
Heaping praise on Lahiru Thirimanne for his match-winning hundred against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said the youngster is shaping up to be the perfect replacement for veteran Kumar Sangakkara once he calls it a day.
Kumar Sangakkara continued his impressive run of form with a fine half century before a late flourish powered Sri Lanka to a challenging 253 for six in their Asia Cup match against Afghanistan here on Monday.
Sri Lanka vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal today said that his team was not too much worried about Virat Kohli`s fine form as his side`s bowling attack can unsettle the Indian batting line-up in their crucial Asia Cup league match here on Thursday.
Mahela Jayawardene, batting with three stitches in his left hand, ignored the pain to complete his 32nd test hundred and put Sri Lanka firmly in the driving seat in the second test against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.