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Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera wrapped up Sri Lanka's win, Sri Lanka v India, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo, March 6, 2018 (ESPNCI)

Kusal Perera rolls out the switch hit, Sri Lanka v India, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo, March 6, 2018 (ESPNCI)

Yuzvendra Chahal burst through the defences of Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka v India, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo, March 6, 2018 (ESPNCI)

Kusal Perera raced to a 22-ball fifty, Sri Lanka v India, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo, March 6, 2018 (ESPNCI)

Jeevan Mendis celebrates a wicket, Sri Lanka v India, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo, March 6, 2018 (ESPNCI)

Kusal Mendis scooped the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series awards, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sylhet (ESPNCI)

Amila Aponso celebrates the wicket of Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sylhet (ESPNCI)

Shehan Madushanka struck twice with the new ball, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sylhet (ESPNCI)

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* Benkenstein calls for mental preparedness after Galle debacle

July 17 (ESPNCI) South Africa batting coach Dale Benkenstein put his team's struggles against spin down to their mental make-up after their twin collapses in the first Test in Galle. South Africa were routed 126 and 73 - their two lowest totals in Sri Lanka, and lowest since readmission - and Benkenstein said the poor performance arose from a lack of match practice
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* Bangladesh A hold nerve to win by two runs

July 17 (ESPNCI) Pace bowlers Khaled Ahmed and Shoriful Islam managed to get Bangladesh A over the line with a two-run win against Sri Lanka A in Sylhet. Khaled took four wickets, including that of Shehan Madushanka off the last ball, with the visitors needing three runs to win.
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* Dimuth Karunaratne, Jason Holder shoot up ranking tables

July 16 (ICC) low-scoring Test matches in Jamaica and Galle meant bowlers made all the big moves, with Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne standing out among the batsmen. Karunaratne scored 158 in Sri Lanka’s first-innings total of 287 against South Africa, and then scored further 60 in the second,
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* Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon by beating Kevin Anderson

July 16 (BBC) Novak Djokovic earned his first Grand Slam title in more than two years by beating Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon championship. Djokovic, seeded 12th, won 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to claim a 13th Slam - his first major since the 2016 French Open.
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* Shamsi leaves Sri Lanka tour for family reasons

July 17 (ESPNCI) Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm wristspinner, has left South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka for family reasons. No date has been set for his return. Shamsi took four wickets in his first red-ball Test in Galle last week, which South Africa lost by 278 runs. In the first innings, Shamsi outbowled Keshav Maharaj,
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* Sri Lanka captain, coach and manager suspended for four ODIs along with two Tests

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The International Cricket Council Monday announced that Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal, Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and Manager Asanka Gurusinha' are suspended from participating in four ODIs and two Tests for "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game".
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* World Cup 2018: The bizarre trophy presentation caps tournament

The World Cup is over for another four years and the tournament's grand finale didn't disappoint. France won the biggest prize in football for the second time by overcoming Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling final in Moscow.
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* Karunaratne reveals strategy to tackle spinners

July 16 (ESPNCI) Get on top of the spinners before they get on top of you. So goes Dimuth Karunaratne's mantra, when playing on dusty tracks. Karunaratne hit 218 runs on his own on a Galle surface in which no other batsman could manage so much as a half-century. This was not even Karunaratne's most impressive hundred in tough conditions -
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