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Sri Lanka will take on India in the only T20 match of the tour today. The match will be played at the R.Premadasa at 7pm.

Sri Lanka will be captained by Upul Tharanga and the hosts will be looking for a solitary win in a wretched home series.

Jeffrey Vandersay, Dasun Shanaka, Suranga Lakmal, Vikum Sanjaya, Isuru Udana and Seekkuge Prasanna have been recalled to the squad.

Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedara are on the injured list.

Sri Lanka have played India 10 times in T20 games and have won 4 matches. India have won both previous T20 games against the hosts in Sri Lanka. 

India completed a humiliating 5-0 series win against Sri Lanka after winning the final ODI by 6 wickets at the R. Premadasa stadium yesterday.  This was the first time Sri Lanka had ever suffered a whitewash in a home series.  Batting first, the hosts could only muster 238 in 49.4 overs. India made the winning runs in 46.3 overs thanks to another century by captain Virat Kohli. Kohli scored his 30th ODI century to remain unbeaten on 110.

Kohli ‘s innings brought him past 1,000 ODI runs for 2017 and is now level with Ricky Ponting on second place among ODI centurions. 

Earlier in the day Buwanesh Kumar took 5 wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 238 despite a century stand between Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews. Thirimanne made 67 off 102 deliveries before being bowled by Buwanesh Kumar. Former skipper Mathews made 55 in 98 deliveries which included 3 boundaries.

A workshop has been organized by the Ministry of Sports to obtain the suggestions of former cricketers and the general public to help reverse the downward spiral of Sri Lanka cricket.

National Sports Council Chairman Milton Amarasinghe, Professor Ranjith Bandara, Sports Development Department Director General Saman Bandara and Sports Medical Institute Director Dr Lakshman Edirisinghe are scheduled to attend the workshop to be held on 15 September from 9 am at the Water’s Edge.

The Sports Ministry also expects former administrators of the game and former cricketers to attend the event.  Suggestions can also be sent to The Chairman, National Sports Council, No. 9 Philip Gunawardena Mawatha, Colombo 07 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Japan beat hosts Hong Kong 19-12 in the 1st leg of the Asia Rugby sevens to win the Cup championship worked off on Saturday (2). Meanwhile Sri Lanka beat Philippines 32-19 to win the Plate championship and secure a strong 5th place finish in the series. Sri Lanka trailed 10-12 at half time and dug in deep to overpower the tough Philippines side.

Sri Lanka were beaten 33-5 by Japan and went down 24-14 to South Korea in the qualifying rounds. The Lankans beat Malaysia 45-0 to enter the plate final.Sri Lanka now have 3 weeks to prepare for the second leg of the series and secure a place for the World Rugby 7s series. 

Stand-in skipper Lasith Malinga says there is no extra pressure on his team to perform in the 4th ODI against India at the R. Premadasa stadium today. Malinga takes over after captain of the 3rd ODI, Chamara Kapugedara, after pulling up with injury.

“There is no pressure on me. I have bowled under greater pressure than this. The players are ready and we’re hoping for a winning result”, he said.

He also said that leading the national team was a challenge and he welcomed the challenge. “We lost three games in a row in this series. We have to pull together and do something special,” he added.

When asked about his plans for retirement, he said he wanted to play till at least 2020.

A cycling team competing at the Vuelta a Espana had their bus destroyed in an apparent arson attack before the start of Thursday's stage 12 in Spain.Aqua Blue Sport had parked their team bus outside their hotel in Almeria, but by the morning it had been gutted by flames. The Irish team said there were no injuries caused by the incident."Our team bus has been completely damaged in a cowardly arson attack overnight," they tweeted.

All members of the Cricket Selection Committee have tendered their resignations to Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara, a sports ministry media release confirmed yesterday. The Committee was headed by Sanath Jayasuriya and included Ranjith Madurusinghe, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusingha and Eric Upashantha. The resignations are effective from 7 September. 

A charity Twenty20 game planned to be played in Colombo on 8 September between a Sri Lanka XI and a World XI has been postponed, Sri Lanka Cricket announced yesterday.

The charity game was to be held for children affected by natural disasters. The reason for the postponed is said to be due to Sri Lanka’s heavy cricket schedule in the next few months. 

Sri Lanka will send a contingent of 19 weightlifters to the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship to be held in Australia next month. The Championships will held in the Gold Coast from 4-9 September. The contingent will be led by team manager W. Ajith Thamel and 12 officials.  

The contingent squad comprises: Chinthana Geethal Vidanage (under 77 kgs), Sudesh Pieris (Under 62 kgs), Chaturanga Lakmal (Under 56 kgs), D.I. Kumara (Under 56 kgs), Thilanga Pahalasinghe (Under 62 kgs), Indika Dissanayaka (Under 69 kgs), Shanaka Peters (Under 94 kgs), Saman Abeywickarama (Under 105 kgs), Dinusha Hansani Gomes (Under 48kgs), Chamari Mendis Warnakulasuriya (Under 48 kgs), M. Umera (Under 58 kgs), Nadeeshani Rajapaksa (Under 58 kgs), Chaturika Priyanthi, (Under 75 kgs)

Junior Category: Isuru Senadeera (under 105 kgs), Janaki Haputenna (Under 90 kgs)

Youth category: B.K.D. Bandara, A.M.T.D. Tillekaratne, J.G.R. Gunathilaka and P. Ashika

The 95th National Athletics Championships will kick off from 31 August at Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium. The championships will be held from 31 August to 2 September.  

The Athletic Association of Sri Lanka confirmed that the association has received close to 750 entries from athletes from all districts.  

The Championships will host 5 events on day one, 15 events on day two and 16 events on the final day.  

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