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Fakhar and Amir were brilliant: Sangakkara

Pakistan have reaped the rewards of their investment in youth. With Hassan Ali named the player of the tournament, a tactically sound captain, and a skilful although not explosive batting line up, they played in the final played a brand of passionate and brave cricket that they should be immensely proud of, wrote former Sri…

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Tearful Sangakkara offered diplomatic post

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara said a tearful farewell to international cricket Monday and was immediately offered the post of the island’s top envoy in Britain, where he plays county cricket. Several thousand cheering fans, many of them schoolchildren waving Sri Lankan flags along with VIPs, turned out to salute Sangakkara at the end of…

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India set 413-run target for Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: India declared their second innings at 325-8 after tea on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo on Sunday, setting Sri Lanka a target of 413 runs.

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Chandimal leads Sri Lanka’s fight back in Test

GALLE: Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne put on a century stand to steer Sri Lanka away from a follow-on in the first Test against India in Galle on Friday.

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Six-wicket Ashwin wrecks Sri Lanka for 183

GALLE: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged six wickets as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 183 by tea on the opening day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium on Wednesday.

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‘Dinosaur’ Sangakkara happy to say good-bye

GALLE: Sri Lanka’s batting great Kumar Sangakkara has no regrets about his impending retirement, telling reporters on Tuesday that he felt like a “dinosaur” in the dressing room. Sangakkara, who turns 38 in October, will end his international career after playing in the first two Tests of the three-match series against India which opens in…

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Sangakkara to end career in Colombo against India

NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara will end his international career at the P Sara Oval next month in the second match of the three-test series against familiar foes India. Last month, Sri Lanka's most prolific batman announced his decision to retire after the second test against India, bringing the curtain down on…

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Tharanga to replace Sangakkara for 3rd Test match

KARACHI: Sri Lanka batsman Upul Tharanga will replace Kumar Sangakkara in the series decider third cricket Test against Pakistan starting Friday in Pallekele. Sangakkara made himself unavailable for the last Test of the series partly because of commitments with Surrey. He will also not play the third Test against India in August, having already announced…

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Sangakkara to retire during India series in August

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's batting great Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday ended speculation about his future, saying he will retire during the home series against India in August. “This is my time to call it a day,” Sangakkara, 37, told reporters on the sidelines of the second Test against Pakistan at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo….

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Sangakkara undecided on Test future, says Mathews

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's batting great Kumar Sangakkara is still in talks with selectors to discuss his retirement from Test cricket, captain Angelo Mathews said on Wednesday. Local media had speculated that the 37-year-old will only play three more home Tests — two in the ongoing series against Pakistan and one against India in August —…

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Silva, Sangakkara defy Pakistan in first Test

GALLE: Sri Lanka's opener Kaushal Silva frustrated Pakistan with an unbeaten 80 when the rain-hit first Test finally got underway on the scheduled second day in Galle on Thursday. Veteran Kumar Sangakkara chipped in with 50 to leave the hosts on 178 for three at stumps after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq elected to field first…

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Focus on Sangakkara as S.Lanka face Pakistan again

GALLE: Kumar Sangakkara will get a chance to build on his prolific Test record before retirement when familiar foes Sri Lanka and Pakistan contest their fourth series in two years from Wednesday. The 37-year-old has not responded to media speculation that he will play three more home Tests — two of the three matches against Pakistan and…

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Sangakkara stars as Pietersen misses out

LONDON: Kumar Sangakkara ensured the crowd at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens on Sunday witnessed a hundred from a world-class batsman as Surrey team-mate Kevin Pietersen missed out on the first day against Glamorgan. Pietersen, biding for an England recall after being axed last year following the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia, fell for 19 in…

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Wisden lauds Sangakkara and Lanning

LONDON: Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Meanwhile Australia's Meg Lanning has been chosen as the cricket 'bible's' inaugural Leading Woman Cricketer in the World — the first time the England-based annual has bestowed such an award in 152 editions…

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Sri Lanka urges Sangakkara retirement rethink

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's sports minister on Wednesday urged the world's number one batsman Kumar Sangakkara to reconsider plans to retire from Test cricket and urged him to play on for another year. Navin Dissanayake told reporters that he hoped a government-ordered overhaul of Sri Lanka Cricket might persuade the 37-year-old to stick around a bit…

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Sangakkara signs for Surrey

LONDON: Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara is to join Surrey, the English county announced Friday. Sangakkara is currently ranked as the world's number one Test batsman and is one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the five-day game with 12,203 runs to his credit. The 37-year-old left-hander is set to rejoin former…

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Imperious Sangakkara double gives Sri Lanka control

WELLINGTON: Kumar Sangakkara provided a cricket master class Sunday with an exquisite 203 to lift Sri Lanka off the ropes and put them in command of the second Test against New Zealand. It was the 10th highest score of Sangakkara's illustrious career and the 11th time he has reached 200, putting him one behind Australian…

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Sangakkara joins elite 12,000-runs club

WELLINGTON: Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara joined an elite group of cricketers Saturday when he became only the fifth to make 12,000 runs in his career. The prolific 37-year-old left-hander reached the milestone when he knocked Trent Boult square for two in Sri Lanka's first innings of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington….

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Sri Lanka's Sangakkara fined for dissent

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's star batsman Kumar Sangakkara was Sunday fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire's decision in the sixth one-day international against England in Kandy. The prolific left-hander was found to have breached the International Cricket Council's code of conduct for players during the game on Saturday which…

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Sangakkara stars in Sri Lanka's win over England

COLOMBO: Kumar Sangakkara hit 86 as Sri Lanka squeezed past England with six wickets and two balls to spare in the fourth one-day international Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series. James Taylor missed a maiden one-day century by 10 runs as England, electing to take first strike, scored 265 before they…

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Sri Lanka's Sangakkara completes 13,000 ODI runs

LONDON: Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday became only the fourth batsman in history to surpass the 13,000-run mark in one-day internationals, achieving the feat in his 386th match. The 37-year-old left-hander reached the landmark during the third match against England in Hambantota when he took a single off Chris Woakes to move to 13….

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