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SL wins 3rd place at South Asian Sambo C’ship

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Sri Lanka emerged overall 3rd place at the 2nd South Asian Sambo Championship held in Bangladesh which was held from Nov. 01 – Nov. 04.

The Sri Lankan contingent, which won 09 medals in total (04 Gold, 03 Silver and 02 Bronze), has successfully qualified for the Asian level tournament.

They arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake yesterday (Nov. 07) amd was warmly welcomed by their families and officials of the Sri Lanka Sambo Federation.

(Pic : Dinamina)

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Darshana secures Gold Medal in 400m

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Sri Lankan sprinter Aruna Darshana has secured the Gold Medal in the Men’s 400m event at the second Belt and Road Athletics Invitation Meet in Chongqing, China.

He clocked 45.48 seconds.

This further boosted his chances of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

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Kolkata Knight Riders wins third IPL title

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Kolkata Knight Riders lifted their third trophy in the Indian Premier League with a crushing eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a completely one-sided final here on Sunday.

Having lost the toss, KKR produced a clinical effort with the ball to dismiss SRH for 113, the lowest ever total in an IPL title clash.

KKR chased down the target of 114 with as many as 57 balls to spare. Venkatesh Iyer remained not out on 52 off 26 balls.

Mitchell Starc (2/14), Andre Russell (3/19) and Harshit Rana (2/24) were the most successful bowlers for the Knight Riders, as SRH simply failed to turn up for the big game.

Opting to bat first, SRH were off to a disastrous start as they lost their top guns Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head with just six runs on the board, with the latter getting dismissed for a first-ball duck to a beautiful outswinger.

Before that, Abhishek was bowled by Mitchell Starc on the fifth ball of the first over, a peach of a delivery opening up the left-hander before hitting the top of the off stump.

SRH were in all sorts of trouble as Starc accounted for the wicket of Rahul Tripathi to leave them reeling at 21/3 in the fifth over, the swing doing the trick for KKR bowlers early on.

First-change bowler Harshit Rana continued the good work and got rid of Nitish Reddy (13). Andre Russell dismissed Aiden Markram in his first over as SRH slipped to 62/5 in the 11th over.

SRH could not recover from there.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 113 all out in 18.3 overs (Pat Cummins 24; Mitchell Starc 2/14, Andre Russell 3/19, Harshit Rana 2/24).

Kolkata Knight Riders: 114 for 2 in 10.3 overs (Venkatesh Iyer 52 not out).

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SLC refutes Hesha’s allegations

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has vehemently refuted allegations made by Member of Parliament Hesha Withanage during a media briefing of Friday (24), which accused the SLC President, the Tournament Director of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), and other SLC officials of involvement in match- fixing and corrupt conduct related to the LPL.

In a statement, SLC states that as the ‘responsible governing body for cricket in Sri Lanka and the supreme authority organizing the LPL since its inception in 2020’, they have ‘consistently prioritized the integrity of the sport.’

The statement further notes :

To this end, SLC has engaged the services of the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ICC-ACU) to oversee all anti-corruption measures for the LPL tournament. The recent LPL player auction was also attended and monitored by ICC ACU officials as part of their ongoing support.

We wish to clarify that SLC’s commitment to safeguarding the integrity of cricket led to the engagement of ICC ACU officials in this process, and it was these ICC ACU officials who informed the Special Investigation Unit for the Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports about suspicious activities involving one of the owners of the Dambulla team. This information resulted in the arrest made by local police authorities.

SLC stands firm in its dedication to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and transparency in cricket. We will continue to cooperate fully with the ICC and local law enforcement authorities to ensure the sport remains free from corruption and misconduct.

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