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Sri Lanka confronts must-win scenario in second ODI against Bangladesh

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The Sri Lanka cricket team faces a crucial match against Bangladesh in the second One-Day International (ODI) today at Chattogram, Bangladesh, with the series hanging in the balance after losing the first game. 

Sri Lanka suffered a setback in the opening match, scoring 255 runs all out in 48.5 overs, which proved insufficient as Bangladesh chased down the target with ease.

Bangladesh’s skipper Najmul Hossian Shanto played a pivotal role in their victory with a captain’s knock of 118 runs. 

Looking ahead to the second ODI, Sri Lanka aims to rectify their mistakes and bounce back to level the series. 

Potential changes to the team lineup, such as the inclusion of Kamindu Mendis or Sahan Arachchige, are being considered to bolster the batting order. 

The team recognizes the need for batters to play quick innings, especially after a solid start by the openers in the previous match.

The performance of spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana, who failed to take wickets in the first game, will be closely scrutinized. 

Sri Lanka’s preparations for the match were hampered by rain, preventing both teams from training, but they remain determined to make a strong comeback.

The inconsistency in the batting lineup, particularly the form of Sadeera Samarawickrama, poses a significant challenge for Sri Lanka. 

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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