Danushka Gunathilaka’s trial hit by delay
Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka will push NSW’s public prosecutor to pay legal costs after being made to wait another two weeks to submit a plea for rape charges.The 32-year-old is facing four counts of sexual intercourse without consent while in Sydney for the T20 World Cup.
After matching on Tinder, meeting up for a date and heading back to her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the complainant alleges the cricketer refused to wear a condom and choked her three times.
A police fact sheet filed with the court said the woman “was fearing for her life and could not get away from the accused” during the November 2022 incident.
The prosecution successfully applied for the adjournment, which will take the hearing beyond the statutory six-month requirement for charge certification, at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday.
Gunathilaka’s lawyer Alen Sahinovic opposed the delay, arguing his client was being subjected to undue hardship as a foreign citizen with strict bail conditions and limited familial and social support.
Sahinovic will apply for the Director of Public Prosecutions to pay legal costs at the next hearing.
Gunathilaka travelled to Australia with Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup team last year but only played in their first game before being ruled out of the competition with a hamstring tear.
He was arrested in the early hours of November 6 at Sydney’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, shortly before he was scheduled to board a flight home with the rest of the team after they bowed out of the tournament.
Gunathilaka remains on bail ahead of a committal hearing at Downing Centre in Sydney on May 18.
World & Asian Rugby representatives to visit SL
The representatives of the World Rugby Council and Asia Rugby are scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in July.
The visit has been scheduled in response to a letter sent by Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe to the World Rugby Council on Monday.
The Minister has expressed regret over the issues in Sri Lanka rugby administration and has said in the letter that he hopes to discuss a resolution to safeguard the sport.
The purpose of the visit is to discuss the issues that have arisen in Sri Lankan rugby.
Dimuth recalled for tournament against Afghanistan
The 16-member squad has been selected by the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee for the first two games of the ODI series vs. Afghanistan.
The three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will commence on June 02, 2023, at the MRICS in Hambantota.
Former captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been recalled to Sri Lanka’s ODI squad to replace batsman Nuwanidu Fernando. Karunaratne captained Sri Lanka’s ODI team until he was dropped following the tour of West Indies in 2021 and has not played international white-ball cricket since.
Also included is fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, a welcome return for Sri Lanka’s best fast bowler who has not played international cricket since September last year when he picked up an injury during the early stages of Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup campaign.
Also missing out on a place is all-rounder Dunith Wellalage, replaced by uncapped leg spinner Dushan Hemantha.
The squad is as follows :
1) Dasun Shanaka – Captain
2) Pathum Nissanka
3) Dimuth Karunaratne
4) Kusal Mendis (WK) – Vice Captain
5) Angelo Mathews
6) Charith Asalanka
7) Dhananjaya De Silva
8) Sadeera Samarawickrama – (WK)
9) Chamika Karunaratne
10) Dushan Hemantha
11) Wanindu Hasaranga
12) Lahiru Kumara
13) Dushmantha Chameera
14) Kasun Rajitha
15) Matheesha Pathirana
16) Maheesh Theekshana
Chennai Super Kings win fifth IPL title
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won the Indian Premier League (IPL) title for the fifth time yesterday (29).
According to the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method, Gujarat Titans (GT), who were the champions of the previous tournament, were defeated by Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets.
The Chennai team won the IPL title in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 under the leadership of its Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
According to the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method of the match held in Ahmedabad, the Chennai players who chased a target of 171 runs in 15 overs managed to complete the winning target by losing only 5 wickets in 15 overs.
Devon Conway scored 47 runs and Shivam Dube scored 32 runs not out in 21 balls.
Mohith Sharma took 3 wickets for the Gujarat team.
The CSK won the toss and invited the Gujarat players to bat first. The GT team scored 214 runs for 4 wickets at the end of their 20 overs.
Sai Sudharsan scored 96 runs in 47 balls.
Sri Lankan player Matheesha Pathirana took 2 wickets.
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