New Zealand Women got their ICC Women's World Twenty20 campaign back on track with a comfortable victory over South Africa Women in Galle, while hosts Sri Lanka had the better of a rain-affected second game against West Indies.
There was high drama as the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 got underway in Pallekele as Sri Lanka held their nerve to beat New Zealand on a Super Over.
Both teams scored 174 - Rob Nicol hitting 58 for New Zealand and Tillakaratne Dilshan 76 for Sri Lanka in a high-class display of powerful batting - before it came down to cricket's equivalent of the penalty shootout.
Tournament hosts Sri Lanka were barely troubled by a poor Zimbabwe side as they won the opening match of the ICC World T20 2012 by 82 runs in Hambantota. It was a tale of the two Mendises as Jeevan starred with the bat to haul Sri Lanka up to 182 for four and Ajantha with the ball to help rout the visitors for just 100.
New Zealand will play a Twenty20 Internationals, five One-Day Internationals and two Tests matches in Sri Lanka between 30th October and 29th November.
Galle and Colombo will host the Tests at the end of the month-long tour, which begins with the one-off Twenty20 match in Pallekele on 30th October.
Ireland and Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe and the West Indies as the warm-up matches for the ICC World Twenty20 2012 got underway in Colombo.
Ireland produced an impressive performance to hammer Zimbabwe by 54 runs while hosts Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by nine wickets in a dominant display.
At home, Sri Lanka are near unbeatable. There is recent proof of this, when in the 2011 ODI World Cup, they reached the finals without as much as breaking a sweat. With the ICC World Twenty20 2012 coming to their backyard, there arenâ€™t many people who will bet against them.
There is some difference between the two tournaments though. Of course there is the format and how Sri Lanka figure in that sense as compared to the competition is something that needs to be tackled a bit later. The foremost difference is in leadership.
The ICC World Twenty20 2012 trophies have been ceremoniously accepted at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka after arriving from Dubai.
The trophies were delivered to the host country at the completion of their global tour and the men's and women's trophies were met by Ajit Jayasakera, the Sri Lanka Cricket Chief Executive Officer, and ICC World Twenty20 2012 Tournament Director Upekha Nell.
Sri Lanka made up for their disappointing showing in the group stage of the Under-19 World Cup to win the plate championship final against Afghanistan in Brisbane. Elsewhere, there was a win for England in the fifth place play-off, while Bangladesh beat neighbours Pakistan to secure seventh position and Scotland beat Ireland to finish 11th.
Sri Lanka have named their final squads for the ICC World Twenty20, which begins in Hambantota next month. There are two surprising inclusions in the men's squad, while Shashikala Siriwardene has been named as the captain of the women's squad.
Pakistan suffered defeat at the hands of West Indies in the fifth place play-off semi-final as the Under-19 World Cup continued in Queensland. The other match saw Sri Lanka record the expected comfortable victory over Ireland.
India rounded off their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka with a comprehensive 39-run win in the one-off Twenty20 match in Pallekele. Virat Kohli was again the start of the show, hitting 68 off only 48 balls to help India post 155 for three from their 20 overs. Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda then shared seven wickets in the Sri Lankan run chase to help bowl them out for just 116.
India moved up to second in the ICC One-Day International rankings after wrapping up a comfortable 20-run victory in the final ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele. Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary and MS Dhoni each passed 50 in the visitors' total of 294 for seven, while Irfan Pathan took five for 61 to help bowl Sri Lanka out for 274.
Virat Kohli scored another century as India won their five-match series in Sri Lanka with a match still to play by chasing down the home side's total of 251 for eight with more than seven overs to spare.
India captain MS Dhoni had gambled at the start of the match by dropping leg-spinner Rahul Sharma in order to play batsman Manoj Tiwary, but Tiwary actually excelled with the ball and took four for 61 with his part-time leg-spin.
Gautam Gambhir led India to victory in a closely-contested third One-Day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. He hit 102, while Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan finished the job as India passed Sri Lanka's impressive total of 286 for five in the final over.
Despite a valiant 65 from opener Gautam Gambhir, India could muster only 138 after electing to bat against Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International in Hambantota. Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews blew the upper and middle-order away and took three wickets each, while Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga then had no problem knocking off the required runs.
In other news from yesterday's match, Sri Lanka have confirmed that fast-bowler Nuwan Kulasekara has been ruled out of the series after picking up a groin injury while bowling. Kulasekara completed only half his allocation of overs yesterday and batted at number 11, below the likes of Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath. Sri Lanka are expected to name a replacement.
A late rally from Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera wasn't enough to help Sri Lanka overhaul India's impressive total of 314 for six in the first One-Day International in Hambantota. That total was built around a second-wicket partnership of 173 between Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli.
Sri Lanka wrapped up their first Test series win since August 2009 by batting out the final afternoon to earn a draw at Pallekele.
The home side were set 270 in what turned out to be 62 overs by Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq, and had progressed serenely to 132 for two in the 38th over thanks to an entertaining half-century from opener Dinesh Chandimal. However, he fell for 65 as the first of Saeed Ajmal's three victims on the stroke of tea and the home side altered their approach after the break.
The second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan petered out into a draw in Colombo on the final day despite Pakistan's late declaration.
They closed their second innings on 100 for two, setting Sri Lanka a nominal target of 261 and they ended the game on 86 for two, taking their 1-0 series lead to the final match.
India's selection panel, led by Kris Srikkanth, has continued its rotation policy when selecting their One-Day International squad for their tour of Sri Lanka, which begins in Hambantota later this month.
Virender Sehwag, Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan, who were both rested for the Asia Cup in March, have returned to the 15-man squad, while Sachin Tendulkar has been rested for the five-match series.