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Bhanuka suffers heavy blow on elbow

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Sri Lankan batter Bhanuka Rajapaska was forced to retire in the 9th over during the 2023 IPL clash between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Guwahati after suffering a severe blow to his elbow.

The ball was a shot by PBKS’s skipper Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan lifted a delivery from Ashwin, aiming to play it over his head for a boundary. However, the ball ended up smashing Rajapaska on the elbow.

After a lengthy check, it was decided that Rajapaksa cannot continue batting, and he decided to retire with wicket-keeper batter Jitesh Sharma walking out to bat.

In a tweet, Rajapaksa said the X-rays have cleared him of any broken bones or fractures. “Plenty of ice needed, but I’m doing fine!,” he said.

At the end, PBKS managed to beat RR by 5 runs.

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Chamari’s unbeaten 195 powers SL pull off record run-chase

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Chamari Athapaththu smashed the third-highest individual score in women’s ODIs to help Sri Lanka pull off the highest-ever successful run-chase in women’s ODIs.

Chamari Athapaththu was at her brutal best as Sri Lanka stunned South Africa with a record run-chase in Potchefstroom to level the three-match ICC Women’s Championship ODI series and end a highly successful bilateral tour to the Rainbow Nation.

Chasing 302 to win, Athapaththu led Sri Lanka’s fightback with a stunning hundred, and remained unbeaten on 195, the third-highest score in women’s ODIs, as the visitors overhauled the target with 33 balls to spare.

Athapaththu’s innings was also the second highest individual score in a successful run chase in ODI cricket – both men’s and women’s – marginally behind the magnificent 201* Glenn Maxwell put together for Australia against Afghanistan at last year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Earlier, Laura Wolvaardt continued her stellar run in the bilateral series against Sri Lanka with a second ODI hundred in as many matches. The opener smashed an unbeaten 184 to take South Africa to 301 in the third and final ODI of the series.

Wolvaardt’s knock is the highest score by a South African in women’s ODIs and was also the fourth-highest in women’s ODIs for a brief while, going past Athapaththu’s 178* against Australia in 2017.

Wolvaardt, who had made a hundred in the T20I leg of the tour, also smashed a century in the second ODI in Kimberley on Saturday. On Wednesday, she added another ton to her tally with a spectacular knock.

But her brilliance was overshadowed by her opposite number, Athapaththu, who stole the limelight with a stunning hundred to seal the first-ever successful run-chase of over 300 in women’s ODIs.

Australia had held the record for the highest run-chase in women’s ODIs for more than a decade. In 2012, Australia chased down a target of 289 against New Zealand. Last year, they also chased down 283 against India at the Wankhede.

(icc-cricket.com)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by icc-cricket.com has not been edited by SLM staff)

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SL badminton player qualifies for 2024 Olympics

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Sri Lankan badminton player Viren Nettasinghe has qualified for the 2024 Olympic Games.

According to the Sri Lankan sports ministry, 20-year-old Nettasinghe is one of the youngest players in the world to secure direct qualification for the tournament.

The 2024 Olympic Games will take place in Paris, France from July 26.

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Mathews alerts to a scam

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Leading cricketer Angelo Mathews has alerted that there is a scam underway, using his name.

Taking to X, Mathews has said the same :

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