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Dhananjaya de Silva flays the ball through the off side, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)

Angelo Mathews brings out the reverse sweep, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)

Chamara Kapugedera takes the aerial route, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)

Tillakaratne Dilshan hoists it over the wicketkeeper, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)

Thisara Perera and his team-mates celebrate the fall of a wicket, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)

Angelo Mathews celebrates the wicket of Mukhtar Ahmed, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)

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* Sri Lanka bat, Mathews out with injury

Sri Lanka 136/5 (17.3/20 ov)

Aug 01 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka chose to bat on a track Lasith Malinga felt would be good for batting. Shahid Afridi said he would have liked to bat first as well, as Pakistan had successfully done at the same venue on Thursday. Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the match after hurting his wrist at training. Uncapped 23-year-old allrounder Dasun Shanaka plays in his stead. Another uncapped 23-year-old, Shehan Jayasuriya, replaced batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage.
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* Pakistan eye T20 crown to cap memorable tour

July 31 (ESPNCI) This tour is already Pakistan's most fruitful trip to Sri Lanka since 2006, and on Saturday, they will have a shot at sweeping the trophies. The visitors were always likely to fare well against the younger Sri Lanka players, but it is their dominance of Sri Lanka's big names that has defined the tour. Rangana Herath was defused in the Tests, where Kumar Sangakkara was also muzzled.
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* Chanaka Welegedera migrates to Australia

July 31 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara has migrated to Australia after being overlooked for the home Test series against Pakistan. The move makes a Sri Lanka comeback highly unlikely. His club, Tamil Union, hosted a farewell event for Welegedara on Monday, before he left the country this week. "Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan selectors preferred to go with younger options against Pakistan recently,
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* Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics

July 31 (BBC) Beijing has been chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, beating the bid of Kazakhstan's Almaty. Having hosted the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese capital will be the first city to host both a summer and winter Games. Beijing and Almaty were considered outsiders when the 2022 bid race opened two years ago.
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* Sanath Jayasuriya visits APS students in Peshawar

July 31 (TET) Former Sri Lankan left-hand batsman Sanath Jayasuriya visited Army Public School Peshawar during his one-day visit to the city. A few days back, Jayasuriya was also found enjoying the scenery in Murree and Nathiagali tourist spots in Northern Pakistan at a time when international teams are not ready to visit the country because of the security conditions.
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* Malinga delivers harsh self-assessment

July 31 (ESPNCI) Lasith Malinga has blamed himself for an indifferent bowling performance in a frank assessment of his form following a 29-run loss against Pakistan in the first T20I in Colombo. He has at times been perceived as an incurable egotist, but just as he did following the World T20 final in 2012, he has taken substantial personal responsibility for this loss. He even suggested his own place in the team may be at risk, though he remains Sri Lanka's T20 captain.
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