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Sri Lanka clinches thrilling victory in T20 series opener

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In a thrilling contest at the Dambulla International Stadium, seamer Matheesha Pathirana, playing his second T20 international after 18 months, showcased a stellar performance, guiding Sri Lanka to a nail-biting 4-run victory over Afghanistan in the first match of the three-match T20 series.

In pursuit of 161 runs, Afghanistan found themselves on 156 for 9 as seamer Binura Fernando successfully defended the 11 runs required in the final over.

Despite skipper Ibrahim Zadran’s impressive performance with the bat, Sri Lanka managed to disrupt the Afghan run chase at crucial junctures, securing the win. 

Zadran remained unbeaten on 67, marking his fifth T20 half-century off 55 balls with eight boundaries.

Pathirana delivered an impressive performance with figures of 4-24, his best in T20s, while Shanaka’s quick dismissals of Mohammad Nabi and Najibulla Zadran set the stage for victory. Pathirana’s raw pace, combined with pinpoint accuracy, made him a lethal weapon, leading Sri Lanka to go one-up in the series.

The match, marking the first international game in six years at the venue and the first-ever T20 international at the venue, drew a passionate crowd who witnessed an enthralling contest as both teams battled fiercely for supremacy.

Hasaranga emerged as the top scorer for the hosts, making 67 runs off 32 balls after coming in at number six.

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Cricket equipment distributed to 67 schools in the Gampaha district

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With the aim of developing cricket in the schools of the Gampaha district, cricket equipment was distributed to 67 schools yesterday (July 15) at the Presidential Secretariat. 

This event was held under the patronage of Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, the Chief of Staff to the President and the President’s Senior Adviser on National Security.

The program was organized by the Youth Vision 2048 organization and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, following the vision of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. It was carried out under the full guidance and supervision of Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka.

In his address, Mr. Ratnayaka emphasized the importance of school cricket in nurturing talented players for the national level. He also highlighted President Wickremesinghe’s commitment over the past two years to rebuilding the country’s economy. The President aims to implement an economic program that ensures a prosperous future for the country’s children within a corruption-free framework.

Mr. Ruwan Wijewardena, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change, also spoke at the event, expressing his appreciation for all those contributing to the development of future generations’ sports skills.

President of Youth Affairs and Sustainable Development Director Sachira Sarathchandra, Youth Vision 2048 Advisor Dr. Lasantha Gunawardena, Youth Vision 2048 President Dan Poddiwela, along with officials and principals from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, sports instructors, and students, were present at the event.

(President’s Media Division)

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Maithri, Pujith, Nilantha given time till August 30 to finish payments

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The Supreme Court yesterday ordered former President Maithripala Sirisena, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Chief of State Intelligence Service, DIG Nilantha Jayawardena to pay all the compensations stipulated by the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Easter Sunday terror attacks before August 30.

If they fail to pay the amount before that date, the Attorney General was ordered to take the necessary steps to prosecute them before September 20 for contempt of Court for not acting according to the judgement.

Also, according to the decision of the Supreme Court, the National Police Commission was ordered to take the necessary steps to conduct a disciplinary investigation against the former head of the State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardena and report to the Court about its progress on September 20 through a motion.

Meanwhile, the Court was informed that out of the Rs. 75 million ordered by the Court, former IGP Pujith Jayasundera has paid only Rs. 1.9 million.

The Court was further informed that then Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has paid the total amount of compensation ordered by the Supreme Court.

President’s Counsel Faizer Mustapha, appearing for Maithripala Sirisena, informed the Supreme Court that his client has already paid Rs. 58 million in compensation to the victims and further requested for six years to pay the remaining Rs. 42 million in equal installments.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (July 15).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows :

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