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Dasun Shanaka dismissed Ed Joyce for 9, Ireland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Malahide, June 16, 2016 (ESPNCI)

Dasun Shanaka rattled Ireland's top order, Ireland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Malahide, June 16, 2016 (ESPNCI)

Dasun Shanaka bowled Paul Stirling for 27 with his seam bowling, Ireland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Malahide, June 16, 2016 (ESPNCI)

Dasun Shanaka was bowled by Boyd Rankin after smacking a quick 42, Ireland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Malahide, June 16, 2016 (ESPNCI)

Dinesh Chandimal whips the ball on to the leg side, Ireland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Malahide, June 16, 2016

Sri Lanka's openers, Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Perera, walk out to bat, Ireland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Malahide, June 16, 2016 (ESPNCI)

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* Happy Birthday Sanath Jayasuriya: Sri Lankan veteran turns 46

June 30 (CC) Born on 30 June, Sri Lanka’s former captain and cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya turns 46 on Thursday. Jayasuriya had quit as Sri Lanka’s selection head due to changes in the interim committee led by former cricketer Sidath Wettimuny on April 3. He was back as the chief selector following Sri Lanka’s performance in ICC T20 World Cup 2016 as they were crashed out in the group stages. Jayasuriya is currently touring England as his team is playing two-match Test series, five-match ODI series and a T20I match
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* Cricket Australia rope in Samaraweera as batting consultant

June 29 (ESPNCI) Former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera is working with some Australia Test players ahead of their tour to Sri Lanka, in his brief consulting stint at Australia's National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. Samaraweera has been hired as a consultant for the academy from June to August. Though his role is not specifically geared towards preparing Australia Test players for the forthcoming tour,
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* Dravid lone Indian in Sangakkara’s XI PTI

June 29 (PTI) Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar did not find a place in Kumar Sangakkara’s list of all-time XI while Rahul Dravid was the lone Indian in the team selected by the former Sri Lankan skipper. Sangakkara believes Dravid, who is currently India A coach, will be the best to complement former Australian batsman Mathew Hayden in the opening slot in the squad led by former Lankan batsman Aravinda De Silva.
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* Dominant England seek series knockout

June 29 (ESPNCI) By now it's official. Break out the Brexit gags and wallow in whatever the Icelandic is for schadenfreude. England really, really, really doesn't want to be involved with Europe in any way, shape or form. What a time to be alive. Happily, for those of an escapist bent, the nation's cricketers have rarely had much need to engage with the continent - save for their biennial ICC-tournament humiliations at the hands of the Netherlands and Ireland, of course. But, when it comes to being upstaged by plucky islanders who thrive on their underdog status, well, they more or less wrote the book.
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* How Michael Phelps has changed from his first Olympics run to his fifth

June 30 (YS) OMAHA, Neb. – When Michael Phelps made his first Olympic team, the media asked him if he had a girlfriend. And whether he’d kissed her yet. The kid was 15 at the time. The year was 2000. “I remember him,” Phelps said Wednesday night, smiling at the memory of his younger self. “I definitely remember him.” A day shy of his 31st birthday, Phelps kissed his girlfriend in front of 14,000 people. He had just made his fifth Olympic team – most ever for an American male swimmer –
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* Mathews the key as Sri Lanka pass 300

Sri Lanka 305/5 (42/42 ov)

June 29 (ESPNCI) Kausal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka produced a fine 119-run stand for Sri Lanka's second wicket, their highest partnership of the series to date, to make light of the early run-out of Kusal Perera and put their side into a dominant position before their momentum was halted by a lengthy rain-break.
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* England bowl first with rain in the air

Sri Lanka 127/1 (18.1 ov)

June 29 (EPSNCI) Despite a grey and drizzly morning in London, the fourth ODI at The Kia Oval was nevertheless set to get underway promptly after Eoin Morgan won the toss for England and chose to bowl first. Despite enjoying the better of the past two matches, England go into the match with a slender 1-0 series lead, following a get-out-of-jail tie in the opening rubber at Trent Bridge and a washout in Bristol on Sunday.
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