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Sri Lanka eases ban on Gunathilaka before Pakistan tour

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's cricket board Tuesday halved a six-match ban imposed on all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka for misconduct, amid speculation several players may drop out of an upcoming Twenty20 series final in Pakistan. The board's decision clears Gunathilaka to play in the three-match series starting October 26 in the United Arab Emirates, though the final squad of 15 will not be announced until Friday. The final will be played on October 29 in Lahore, where the Sri Lankan team bus came under attack from militants…

‘It’s one of the top wins, to beat India’

LONDON:¬†Angelo Mathews saluted Sri Lanka's underdogs after they staged a brilliant run chase to stun Champions Trophy holders India by seven wickets on Thursday. Mathews' side were written off by many experts in the build-up to the crucial Group B clash at The Oval, but they ignored the doubters to keep alive their bid to qualify for the semi-finals. Tasked with chasing 322 to win, Sri Lanka knocked off the runs with eight balls to spare thanks to memorable contributions from Kusal Mendis (89), Danushka Gunathilaka…