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July 14, 2018 12:00 AM Spinners put Sri Lanka on top in 1st Test

GALLE: Spinners led by Dilruwan Perera put hosts Sri Lanka in firm command of the first Test on Friday after South Africa were bowled out for 126 — their lowest Test innings in the country. First innings centurion Dimuth Karunaratne then made a fluent 60 as the hosts ended day two on 111 for four, leading by 272 runs at the Galle International Stadium 4

July 7, 2018 12:00 AM Lankan Premier League postponed

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Cricket’s recent troubles continue after the board’s ambitious plans of conducting a franchise-based T20 tournament was postponed. The board is yet to confirm postponement of Lankan Premier League, but the talk of the event not happening has been doing the rounds since the elections of SLC was held by a court ruling in May. Tournament 6

June 20, 2018 12:00 AM ‘The rhythm seems to be coming back’

LONDON: Dale Steyn is slowly getting back to his best and just in time for South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka. With only about a month left for the first Test in Colombo, the 34-year-old fast bowler has been getting “overs under his belt” playing for Hampshire in county cricket, and said his “rhythm seems to be coming back.” Steyn began his stint going 1

June 20, 2018 12:00 AM Former diplomat Mahdi Masud passes away

KARACHI: Former senior diplomat Mahdi Masud passed away on Tuesday at the age 91 at a local hospital, after brief illness. Masud had topped the 1952 CSS exams and went on to join the foreign services. He served as Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN and the Deputy High Commissioner in Delhi, and Calcutta. He also served at the country’s 2

June 5, 2018 12:00 AM Sri Lanka’s Silva joins West Indies tour after funeral

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva rejoined the national team touring the West Indies after attending his father’s funeral, officials said Monday.Ranjan de Silva, a local politician, was gunned down in a Colombo suburb 10 days ago on the eve of the team’s departure. “National player Dhananjaya De Silva left the country on June 3 evening 3

May 26, 2018 12:00 AM De Silva quits WI tour after father’s murder

COLOMBO: The father of Sri Lankan cricket allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the eve of the national team’s departure to the West Indies on Friday, police said. The player’s father Ranjan, a local politician, was gunned down in Ratmalana, a suburb of the capital Colombo, close to midnight on Thursday, police said. An investigation 7

May 26, 2018 12:00 AM Sri Lanka scale back squad after Silva pullout

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cricket board will not replace all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva who withdrew from a tour of the West Indies following the murder of his father, officials said on Friday. Ranjan de Silva, a local politician, was shot dead near Colombo late Thursday, hours before the team was due to leave for the three-match Test series in the West Indies 4

May 20, 2018 12:00 AM Sri Lanka warns of Tamil separatist resurgence

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka´s president Saturday warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad to revive their demand to divide the island nation nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war. Maithripala Sirisena said government forces had failed to quash the Tamil rebels´ separatism, although they were militarily conquered by May 2009 following 6

May 20, 2018 12:00 AM SL warns of Tamil separatist resurgence

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president on Saturday warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad to revive their demand to divide the island nation nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war. Maithripala Sirisena said government forces had failed to quash the Tamil rebels’ separatism, although they were militarily conquered by May 2009 following 2

May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Trade expansion with Sri Lanka urged

LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Malik Tahir Javaid has said that there is a vast scope for expansion of two-way trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the presence of free trade agreement (FTA), a statement said on Friday. Addressing Sri Lankan businessmen at the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCISL) 4