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World Twenty20 2012: Akila Dananjaya hit in face with cricket ball

Ouch! Sri Lanka debutant Dananjaya hit in face with cricket ball against New Zealand

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UPDATED:

13:10 GMT, 27 September 2012

Mahamarakkala Kurukulasooriya Patabendige Akila Dananjaya Perera – or Akila, as he's known to his mates – had a debut to remember when Sri Lanka met New Zealand in the Super Eights at the World Twenty20.

In the 12th over of New Zealand's
innings Dananjaya attempted to get his hands on a thump back down the
ground from Kiwi batsman Rob Nicol, but the ball evaded his grasp and
caught him flush on the face.

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Ouch: Brendon McCullum immediately checks on Dananjaya after he is hit

Thankfully the 18-year-old – the latest spinner off the production line from the country that gave us Muttiah Muralitharan – was up on his feet after treatment and he was able to complete his over.

He
even went on to have the last laugh as he had Nicol caught in the deep –
adding to the wicket of Martin Guptill that he had taken earlier in the
innings to finish with figures of 2-32.

Dananjaya's variations will make him a
tricky prospect for England, who Sri Lanka meet on Monday, but his
maiden international appearance will be remembered for reasons other
than the two wickets that he took.

Impressive: The 18-year-old took two wickets on debut

Impressive: The 18-year-old took two wickets on debut

England beat Sri Lanka Development XI in Colombo

England chase 359 to win in Colombo but Bopara injury adds to worries over Bell

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UPDATED:

13:36 GMT, 22 March 2012

England made it two wins from two in Sri Lanka with an impressive fourth-innings chase only marred by concerns over Ravi Bopara's fitness and Ian Bell's form.

The tourists successfully reeled in a target of 359 in two sessions against a Development XI, despite leaving first-innings centurions Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott in the pavilion in a four-wicket win.

Four other batsmen hit half-centuries, with Kevin Pietersen (52), Bopara (66), Matt Prior (84) and Samit Patel (72) all making valuable contributions.

Failed again: Ian Bell trudges off after his dismissal for just 11 as all other prospered

Failed again: Ian Bell trudges off after his dismissal for just 11 as all other prospered

The off-form Bell, who has had a torrid 2012, made just 11 and was conspicuous by his failure.

But England's real concern ahead of Monday's first Test is the No 6
spot – and the news that a side strain for Bopara is likely to rule him
out of bowling in the Test series.

In scorching conditions that demand relief bowlers, that will count
against him and Patel's measured knock will have done his chances no
harm.

The first session was something of an inconvenience to England, who were more eager to get their second innings under way. Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann each claimed a wicket but it was not long before England were soon encouraging their hosts to score quickly and declare.

Fluent: Kevin Pietersen compiled a half-century after opening the batting for England

Fluent: Kevin Pietersen compiled a half-century after opening the batting for England

Bell was handed a rare bowl and
shelled 34 runs in three overs, while Trott and Patel also donated
plenty of runs to Angelo Perera's free-hitting cause.

In the end, Perera made 90 not out before Thilina Kandamby declared in the lunch interval on 272 for four – a lead of 358.

England opened with Pietersen and Bell, the two top-order batsmen most in need of time at the crease. Things started well, with Pietersen collecting three fours down the ground in the first two overs and Bell hitting two drives to the cover boundary.

Mixed day: Ravi Bopara (second left) hit 66 with the bat but suffered a side strain

Mixed day: Ravi Bopara (second left) hit 66 with the bat but suffered a side strain

But the Warwickshire man was gone in
the fifth over. It was hard to tell if there was any bat involved as
Vishwa Fernando appealed for a leg-side caught behind but as soon as the
umpire raised his finger that became irrelevant. Bell's top score in
2012 still stands at 29.

Bopara
was in at three and survived a well-aimed yorker first up. He then
enjoyed some of the luck Bell missed out on, benefiting from a couple of
mis-fields and then seeing a return catch put down by Fernando with 10
to his name.

Pietersen, meanwhile, had a breezy 41 by drinks and took just 49 balls to reach 50. He departed moments later, though, bowled for 52 by Tharanga Lokuarachchi.

Bopara had started to settle nicely at the other end, particularly against the spinners, and was gifted his half-century with four overthrows.

In the runs: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior top-scored for England with a swashbuckling 84

In the runs: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior top-scored for England with a swashbuckling 84

News of his injury broke during tea, by
which point he was 55 not out. He added 11 more before falling caught
and bowled to Sajeera Weerakoon but Prior had taken on the scoring
burden by then, racing to 50 in just 36 balls.

The wicketkeeper's previous knock was a three-ball duck but he was in enviable form from the off here, recording his 10th boundary with a graceful cover drive.

Patel was next in and he was happy to play second fiddle to Prior, who hit a six and two fours in three successive deliveries from Weerakoon. His fun ended on 84 when he was bowled off the inside edge by Fernando to leave England 248 for four. Bresnan managed 27 balls and 14 runs before being well held at long leg by Isuru Udana.

Composed: Samit Patel provided a valuable middle-order knock of 72

Composed: Samit Patel provided a valuable middle-order knock of 72

Although the run chase still looked achievable, England continued to prioritise their Test preparations, sending in Broad next ahead of Strauss and Trott. Patel became the fourth man to make 50 in the innings and with 10 overs left there were 68 needed for victory.

Patel started to open his shoulders, launching sixes off Weerakoon and Lakshitha before the latter upended his off stump. But Broad (17no) and Swann, who scored a whirlwind 31no, saw their side over the line.

England impress in warm-up v Sri Lanka Board XI

Strauss out but England looking good in Sri Lanka warm-up

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UPDATED:

09:09 GMT, 16 March 2012

Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook got England's innings off to a solid start on day two of their warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board XI in Colombo.

The openers put on what had been an untroubled 89-run stand in reply to the hosts' 169 all out, before the captain was trapped lbw by Dilruwan Perera for 40.

Cook pressed on with 47 not out in England's lunch total of 95 for one.

Solid: England started well with Andrew Strauss

Solid: England started well with Andrew Strauss

Prasanna Jayawardene had kept England waiting for their first chance to test themselves against spin, instead shuffling a modest pack of seamers, but off-spinner Perera made the breakthrough when he was called.

Having faced just seven balls before bad light intervened yesterday, England's resumed on six for nought.

Cook nudged a single off the second ball of the morning to get off the mark and Strauss cut Sachithra Serasinghe through point for four two overs later.

Strauss was beaten wafting at Kanishka Alvitigala in the 11th over but steered to the third-man boundary moments later to regain the initiative.

Cook was playing a more conservative game, but found the ropes for the first time with a punchy drive off Nilanka Premaratne.

Solid: Alastair Cook played a conservative game

Solid: Alastair Cook played a conservative game

Cook took four more off Premaratne when he offered some width outside off stump, with the scoring rate rising as the seamers started to lose a little control.

Both batsmen worked the ball well into the off side to bring England's 50 up in 99 balls.

The occasional play-and-miss aside, Strauss and Cook looked well at ease as Jayawardene continued to rotate his seamers in scorching conditions.

He finally turned to Perera and then leg-spinner Malinga Bandara and Strauss started well, using his feet nicely to deposit Bandara over mid-on for four.

The skipper had looked comfortable all morning but was given lbw to Perera attempting to play him off the back foot.

Jonathan Trott joined Cook and had made two before the break.

More to follow.

Enter: Jonathan Trott joined in before the break

Enter: Jonathan Trott joined in before the break

Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews doubt for England Test series

Sri Lanka all-rounder Mathews injury doubt for England Test series

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 14 March 2012

Cause for concern: Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews could miss the England Test series

Cause for concern: Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews could miss the England Test series

Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews is a doubt for the Test series against England after being sent home from the Asia Cup with a calf injury.

Mathews, who is a key player for Sri Lanka in all formats, previously struggled with the problem and missed the finals of the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia as a result.

It had been hoped that would help him back to fitness for the Asia Cup, which is being held in Bangladesh, but he is once again facing a period of rehabilitation.

'(Over) the last couple of days Angelo has had some fitness tests, he hasn't pulled through those well, so we made a call to send him back home,' Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene told Cricinfo.

'He will try to get ready for the Test matches that start in about 10 days' time. The selectors back home will decide and send a replacement for us.'

Sri Lanka were already concerned about the fitness of paceman Thisara Perera, who is out with a back injury.

South Africa on brink of series triumph over Sri Lanka

Philander and Steyn reel in the wickets to leave South Africa on brink of series triumph over Sri Lanka

South Africa closed in on a series-clinching win over Sri Lanka after taking 12 wickets on a one-sided third day of the decisive third Test in Cape Town.

Sri Lanka collapsed from 149 for two overnight to 239 all out and, following on, were 138 for four at the close, still 203 runs behind.

Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn took three first-innings wickets apiece as South Africa seized control of the match early on.

Leading light: Dale Steyn is congratulated by Hashim Amla for the wicket of Angelo Mathews

Leading light: Dale Steyn is congratulated by Hashim Amla for the wicket of Angelo Mathews

South Africa v Sri Lanka

Click here for the full scorecard from Cape Town

And the second innings of dangermen Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were all ended before stumps to leave their side facing a huge task to save the match and the series.

Philander had Dilshan caught behind by Mark Boucher for five and Jacques Kallis removed fellow opener Lahiru Thirimanne for 30, Hashim Amla taking the catch off bat and pad at short leg.

Kallis also took two catches to get rid of Sangakkara (34) and Jayawardene (12), with Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel the bowlers.
Sri Lanka's hopes now rest with Angelo Mathews (28 not out) and Thilan Samaraweera (19no).

In the morning Steyn had been the destroyer in chief to instantly put the hosts on the front foot as Sri Lanka lost five first-innings wickets for 70 in the opening session of the day.

Day to forget: Thilan Samaraweera plays a shot

Day to forget: Thilan Samaraweera plays a shot

Steyn had Sangakkara (35) caught by Amla at gully before Sri Lanka could add a run to their overnight 149.

Samaraweera edged a Philander delivery to Kallis at second slip for 11 and Jayawardene (30) did just the same to hand Steyn his second victim.
Steyn struck again to have Mathews (one) caught behind by Boucher before Tahir bowled Tissara Perera for five.

Philander helped wrap up the tail by dismissing Rangana Herath for one and Dhammika Prasad for nine before Morkel ended Lokuge Chandimal's resistance for 35.

Rangana Herath spins Sri Lanka to first victory in 15 Tests

Herath spins Sri Lanka to first victory in 15 Tests to set up decider with Proteas in Cape Town

Sri Lanka levelled their series in South Africa with victory by 208 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Durban.

Set an imposing 450 to win and clinch the three-match series, the hosts were dismissed for 241, with only AB de Villiers (69) and Dale Steyn (43) – who put on 99 for the seventh wicket – offering much resistance.

Rangana Herath took five wickets for 79 runs to seal a first Test win for Sri Lanka since the retirement of legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and set the stage for a thrilling decider in Cape Town next week.

Breakthrough: Sri Lanka ended a streak of 15 tests without a win

Breakthrough: Sri Lanka ended a streak of 15 tests without a win

The penultimate day at Kingsmead startedwith the tourists taking their overnight total of 256 for seven on to 279, with Steyn taking his innings figures to five for 73.

Thisara Perera edged Steyn to Jacques Kallis at second slip for 12, Chanaka Welegedara hit 10 before despatching the fourth ball he faced to Hashim Amla, then Dilhara Fernando lobbed a Morne Morkel delivery to Ashwell Prince at gully to depart for three and end the innings.

Welegedara almost gave Sri Lanka the perfect start to the second South African innings when he induced an edge from Jacques Rudolph, but Angelo Mathews was unable to claim a one-handed catch diving to his left at slip.

Graeme Smith survived an lbw appeal from Perera in the sixth over before fencing a short delivery from Fernando to Mahela Jayawardene at second slip, succumbing for 26 with the scoreboard reading 37.

Spin king: Rangana Herath (left) picked up five second innings wickets

Spin king: Rangana Herath (left) picked up five second innings wickets

There were no further scares as Rudolph and Amla led the team to lunch on 86 for one – but the afternoon sessionsaw five wickets fall for 45 runs in 23 overs.

Within four balls of the resumption Rudolph was on his way for 22, caught by Jayawardene off Perera.

Kallis followed 19 balls later without scoring, completing a first Test pair when he top-edged a Herath delivery to short leg, where Tharanga Paranavitana took the catch.

It was 106 for four in the 34th over when Amla was run out for 51, pushing down the ground and calling for a single Prince chose not to take.

Decider: The two sides meet in Cape Town in the final Test of the three-match series

Decider: The two sides meet in Cape Town in the final Test of the three-match series

Prince followed for seven, when he fended a short Fernando delivery to Paranavitana at first slip – and it was 133 for six when Mark Boucher was trapped lbw by Herath for seven.

De Villiers and Steyn dug in for more than 34 overs before the former was trapped lbw for a 141-ball 69 by Herath with the scoreboard reading 232.

The end was nigh soon after when Morkel was out lbw to Tillakaratne Dilshan for five, before Steyn”s 125-ball contribution ended in similar fashion.

The contest was over when Marchant de Lange – who took eight wickets on his Test debut – became the third wicket to fall on 241 when he was bowled second ball by Herath, who finished with match figures of nine for 128.