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News Release: Ontario Enhancing Support for Refugees and Newcomers

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

 

 

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL. Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Today is World Refugee Day. As part of the 2017 budget, the province is investing $17.5 million in new funding over two years to enhance services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers. In 2016, Ontario received over 110,000 immigrants (37 per cent of national landings) and welcomed over 28,000 refugees as permanent residents (47.8 per cent of the national share). In 2017-18, Ontario is investing over $110 million in newcomer and refugee supports including language training, settlement and employment programs. Refugees will also continue to settle in Ontario through secondary migration and relocation from other provinces as they explore settlement needs and work opportunities. 

New Investment will Help Refugees Settle and Succeed

Ontario is continuing to support refugees and vulnerable newcomers with a new investment to help them settle and get the support they need, to successfully integrate into their new lives in Ontario.

Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, was at Paramount Fine Foods Restaurant in Mississauga today to mark World Refugee Day and announce new provincial support to help refugees and other newcomers succeed.

The province is enhancing services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers, including settlement services, case management, employment and training supports, and programming for refugee women and newcomer youth. These additional resources will support the long-term, sustainable social and economic integration of newcomers. The province is now accepting applications from organizations that would like to apply for funding to provide these services.

Ontario has taken a leadership role in Canada's humanitarian efforts to help refugees and save lives, with:

  • Communities across the province welcoming refugees at an unprecedented level, with more than 28,000 refugees from across the world resettling in Ontario last year.
  • 45 per cent of all Syrian refugees — who arrived in Canada between November 2015 and March 2017 — settling in Ontario.
  • More than 19,000 Syrian refugees settling into their new lives in the province since November 2015, with the help of settlement agencies, municipalities, employers and refugee sponsors. These newcomers are already giving back and contributing to their broader communities. 

Helping newcomers thrive and succeed is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 

 

 

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TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi receives 2017 Technology Achievement Award by Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

On Saturday, June 10, TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi accepted the 2017 Technology Achievement Award by Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce at Chamber’s Annual Gala. It is a premier social and business event for all Indo-Canadians, hosting more than thousands of guests constituting of leading entrepreneurs, professionals, decision-makers in the government, and academics.

Attached below please find the official press release on this exciting honor.
 

TheAppLabb CEO Kundan (center) Joshi receiving the Technology Achievement Award with ICCC President Arun Srivastava, Canada’s Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Bardish Chagger, India’s High Commissioner to Canada Nadir Patel, and CIBC District VP Venki Raman (Left to Right).

TheAppLabb CEO Kundan (center) Joshi receiving the Technology Achievement Award with ICCC President Arun Srivastava, Canada’s Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Bardish Chagger, India’s High Commissioner to Canada Nadir Patel, and CIBC District VP Venki Raman (Left to Right).

TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi Accepts The 2017 Technology Achievement Award By Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

TORONTO, June 12 – TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi was privileged to receive the 2017 Technology Achievement Award by Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, on June 10 at Chamber’s Annual Gala held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).
 
The Technology Achievement Award is awarded to a Technology Achiever of Indian origin who has a record in innovation; has established a high profile in the Canadian and the global business community; demonstrated achievements in business product and/ or business process innovation and development; strong leadership skills, and has made contributions to the community.

 

2017 Award winners, ICCC leadership and VIP guests
Other corresponding ICCC’s award achievers were CEO and President of Chalmers Group of Companies, Balwinder Takhar, founder of Sunray Group Ray Gupta, Director of Sleep Medicine Dr. Indra Narang; Chief Statistician of Canada, Anil Arora; President of Hampton Inn and Suites by Crown Group of Hotels, Sameer Sharma; CEO of Richberry Group of Companies, Peter Dhillon; President and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Mina Mawani; Co-Founder of Highbury Canco Corp., Pradeep Sood; and CPA- CGA, Jatinder Bawa for their contribution in their respective spheres. 

During the Gala, Joshi appreciatively accepted the Technology Award on behalf of his family and his team at TheAppLabb.  He is a strong believer of the fact that great honors are never individual achievements, instead, they are a proof of being blessed with great people that support and have faith in you. Joshi has been intensely dedicated to exploiting technology innovations to drive value to businesses and refining the human experience. 
 

Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup (left) and Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel (right)
A rare occurrence that turned out to be the highlight of the Awards and Gala night was the presence of Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup and Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Khan. ‘The biggest natural resource India has is the Indian’ said the Indian High Commissioner in his short yet insightful speech. Continuing with his inspirational speech, he stated that ‘It is the Indian who has and will shape the destiny of the world.’ Vikas Swarup also showcased the strength of India stating that ‘People of Indian origin have been elected to parliaments in many western countries, and therein is the strength of India, a strength that is unparalleled and one that is growing,’ mentioning supporting instances of the UK, Canada, and many other countries.
 
The Canadian High Commissioner, on the other hand, expressed Canada’s desire to develop strong ties with India, both economic and people-to-people. Nadir Patel pointed out the visits of nine Canadian ministers to India in the previous months as an indication of the significance with which Canada desires to be closer to India.
TheAppLabb CEO and 2017 Technology Award receiver Kundan Joshi (right) alongside Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti
As founder and CEO of TheAppLabb, Joshi has inspired and guided his team of technology evangelists through the creation of over 500 apps for clients both large and small, ranging from enterprise giants like Unilever, Dell, and Samsung to innovative startups like Gift Jeenie. In addition, Joshi holds a degree in software engineering from the University of Western Ontario and is the founder of 15 other tech companies including StartupLabb, an accelerator for high-potential technology startups, and InnovationLabb, an R&D lab for emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, IOT, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Blockchain.
Technology Award Winner and TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi (right) with TheAppLabb CCO Surbhi Guleria-Joshi (left) and Mayor of Toronto John Tory (center)
Presented by the ICCC, Chamber’s Annual Gala has been recognizing Indo-Canadians for their contribution in different sectors for the last 25 years. The awards are given to a selected set of individuals at the Chamber’s Annual Awards & Gala Night, held on the second Saturday of June every year. It is a marquee event where the ICCC promotes trade and commerce between India and Canada and recognizes the achievements of Indo-Canadians from all across Canada through award presentation.
 
The Canadian High Commissioner, on the other hand, expressed Canada’s desire to develop strong ties with India, both economic and people-to-people. Nadir Patel pointed out the visits of nine Canadian ministers to India in the previous months as an indication of the significance with which Canada desires to be closer to India. 

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News Release: Amazon Creates 800 New High Tech Jobs in Ontario

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

It is common knowledge that Amazon.com, commonly known as Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company that was founded on July 5, 1994, by Jeff Bezos and is based in Seattle, Washington. The company has been in the news recently with its takeover of Whole Foods that sent the stock of competing grocery chains plummeting. To understand why, you need to know something much simpler than Amazon's far-reaching ambitions or possible vision for transformation of the grocery industry: Amazon doesn't make any money. Competing with Amazon is terrifying for any existing business because the company's executive team operates on a radical model whereby the company's overall net income is nearly zero quarter after quarter.

QUICK FACTS – AMAZON

  • Amazon opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in 1995 and seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company.
  • Amazon Web Services is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform company.
  • Ninety per cent of the jobs at Amazon’s Toronto office will be highly skilled technical positions. With these new positions, Amazon will employ over 2,000 people in Ontario.
  • Amazon joins tech leaders such as Facebook, Thomson Reuters and Shopify in choosing Ontario to do business and develop next-generation technologies.
  • Ontario’s tech sector employs approximately 430,000 people. The province’s Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy builds on the strength of our education system to help prepare people for the technology- and knowledge-based jobs of tomorrow.

 

June 20, 2017

Province’s Innovation Economy Attracts Global Tech Giant to Toronto and Ottawa.

Ontario has secured a significant investment from global technology company Amazon thanks to the province's highly skilled workforce, culture of innovation and competitive business climate.

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne joined leaders from Amazon Canada to officially open the company's new corporate office in Toronto.

Amazon currently employs 600 people at this location and expects to add another 200 positions, including software developers, engineers and programmers. From the Toronto office, these employees will contribute to some of Amazon's highest-priority global technology development projects, including Amazon Fulfillment Technologies, the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant Alexa and Amazon Web Services.

In addition to its corporate office in Toronto, Amazon is creating jobs and opportunities across Ontario by:

  • Operating four fulfillment centres in the province, employing more than 1,600 associates. One of these centres in Brampton is among the most advanced in the world
  • Establishing a software development office in Ottawa, with an exclusive focus on development projects for Amazon Alexa
  • Selecting the University of Waterloo as one of four universities to receive the Alexa Fund Fellowship, a program helping educate students about voice technology and empowering them to create the next big thing.

Ontario will continue to be a global centre for innovation and the development and commercialization of transformative technologies. Key initiatives include expanding access to college and university education by making average tuition free for more than 200,000 students, and increasing our support for next-technology researchers, developers and entrepreneurs through the Business Growth Initiative.

Keeping Ontario at the leading edge of research and innovation is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 


QUICK FACTS

  • Amazon opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in 1995 and seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company.
  • Amazon Web Services is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform company.
  • Ninety per cent of the jobs at Amazon’s Toronto office will be highly skilled technical positions. With these new positions, Amazon will employ over 2,000 people in Ontario.
  • Amazon joins tech leaders such as Facebook, Thomson Reuters and Shopify in choosing Ontario to do business and develop next-generation technologies.
  • Ontario’s tech sector employs approximately 430,000 people. The province’s Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy builds on the strength of our education system to help prepare people for the technology- and knowledge-based jobs of tomorrow.

 

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Vesak celebrations in Toronto

Posted on 17 June 2017 by admin

The vibrant city of Toronto counts the largest number of Sri Lankan expatriates in Canada. The Sinala/Tamil New Year, Vesak, and other relgious festivals are celebrated by numerous Sri Lankan Socio-Cultural Organizations based in Toronto in assoication with the Consulate General for Sri Lanka in Toronto. Following is an account of the Toronto Vesak celebrations with files from mainstream media outlets.


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Followers of Lord Buddha’s philosophy marked the birth, attainment of enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha, by organising several events in the Greater Toronto Area, with the active participation of the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Toronto and staff.

The West End Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre of Mississauga, together with other Buddhist temples in the GTA, representing Theravada, Mahayana and Vijirayana Sects organised an event on 28 May to mark Vesak, which included prayers, sermons and parade and was attended by devotees from Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. Chair of the organising committee Ven. Dr. Bhante Saranapala delivered the main sermon highlighting the way to follow Lord Buddha’s journey for the benefit, welfare and happiness of human beings with his blessings on the city, the nation and the world. 

Addressing the gathering Consul General of Sri Lanka emphasised the relevance of following Lord Buddha’s teaching today than ever before and the contribution of Buddhism towards spirituality of humanity. The Consul General also highlighted Sri Lanka’s pivotal role in declaring Vesak as ‘International Vesak Day’ by the United Nations and this year’s International Vesak Day under the theme ‘Buddhist teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace’ in Colombo. This event was attended by Senator Victor Oh, Federal Member of Parliament Peter Fonseca, Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie and Provincial Minister Dipika Damerla. 

Dr. Veronique Tomaszewski, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Sociology of the York University delivered the keynote address at the Vesak celebrations organised by the Canada-Sri Lanka Sinhala Association on 26 May in Scarborough. Clergy representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic faiths, Consuls General of Sri Lanka and Nepal and other dignitaries graced the occasion.      

The Most Ven. Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero of the Toronto Maha Vihara, while delivering his sermon to mark Vesak at the Vihara premises, stressed the importance of following Lord Buddha’s philosophy and transforming life of all human being. The events, held from 13 May, included a two-day Sil program, devotional songs, a special sermon by Ven. Assaji Thero of the United Kingdom, virindhu, dansala and awarding of certificates to Dhamma school participants. A colourful vesak pandal illustrating ‘Deeghithi Kosala Jathaka’ was also exhibited at the temple premise for three days. 

The Brampton-Caledon Buddhist Mission Centre organised its Vesak celebrations at its newly acquired premises in Caledon for the first time on 7 May. Consul General of Sri Lanka and officials of the Consulate General took part at the event and at the certificate awarding ceremony of its Dhamma School.

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Canada to host 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec

Posted on 27 May 2017 by admin

May 27, 2017.
Taormina, Italy.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the 2018 G7 Summit will be held at Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec. Located in the Charlevoix region, this unique and idyllic area highlights our country’s vast and diverse natural beauty and evokes the historical significance of the St. Lawrence River.

Next year’s summit will allow Canada to showcase both its domestic and international priorities: to strengthen the middle class, advance gender equity, fight climate change, and promote respect for diversity and inclusion.

It will also be an important opportunity for Canada to engage G7 counterparts on pressing global challenges, and pursue further collaboration on innovative and clean economic growth. 

A parallel announcement was also made today at Le Manoir Richelieu by Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos, and Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier.

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“Canada is proud to host the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix. This vibrant region captures everything that our country is about – from bilingualism, to cultural diversity, to stunning scenery in every season. I look forward to welcoming my counterparts next year in beautiful Charlevoix. I’m sure they will fall in love with the region, just as Canadians have done for generations.”
– Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

 

Quick Facts

  • This will be the sixth summit hosted by Canada, and the first in Quebec since 1981.
  • The previous Canadian summits were held in Muskoka, Ontario (2010), Kananaskis, Alberta (2002), Halifax, Nova Scotia (1995), Toronto, Ontario (1988) and Ottawa-Montebello, Ontario and Quebec (1981).

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Sri Lankan Culinary Show at the Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington

Posted on 25 May 2017 by admin

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Sri Lanka presented its authentic culinary at the Annual Embassy Chef Challenge held on May 24th at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC.
 
At this well attended annual event over 30 Embassy Chefs showcased their culinary talents with food preparation skills and signature delicacies of each country.   
 
Sri Lanka was represented by the Embassy Chef Anuradha Wijesinghe, who received public compliments for his spicy kottu with chicken curry for its taste and presentation.  All participating Chefs were required to present one pre-prepared food item for sampling and for consumption by visitors.
 
The Embassy Chef Challenge event was a yet another platform for portraying Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage and attractive tourist sites. At the Sri Lankan culinary stall, an awareness program on Ceylon Cinnamon and Ceylon Tea was conducted which received appreciation by the visitors.  
 
The Embassy Chef Challenge event organized by the Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC) offers a rare opportunity to showcase authentic food by Embassy affiliated Chefs across oceans during the month of May as a part of month long celebration of international cultural awareness.  
 

 
Embassy of Sri Lanka
Washington DC
 
May 25, 2017 

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ICC Champions Trophy: Winners to take home cheque of US$2.2 million

Posted on 15 May 2017 by admin

 

The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from 1-18 June carries a total prize money of $4.5 million with the winner of the eight-team tournament taking home a cheque of $2.2 million, the International Cricket Council announced yesterday.

The eighth edition of the tournament sees an increase of $500,000 in prize money from the 2013 edition, which too was played at the three venues being used this time – Cardiff Wales Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval.

The runner-up of the tournament will get a cheque of $1.1 million, while the other two semifinalists will earn $450,000 each.

Teams finishing third in each group will take home $90,000 each, while the teams finishing last in each group will get $60,000 each. 

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Australia toughens process to gain citizenship

Posted on 22 April 2017 by admin

Australia, which hosts one of the largest Sri Lankan Diasporas overseas, will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process, the BBC reported yesterday.

Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate "Australian values", PM Malcolm Turnbull has said.

Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident – three years longer than at present.

The move comes two days after Australia unveiled stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas.

Turnbull said the changes would ensure that migrants were better integrated into the community.

"It is important that they understand that they are making a commitment to our Australian values," he said.

In explaining what constituted "Australian values", Turnbull said migrants must demonstrate support for religious freedom and gender equality.

 

Turnbull announces changes to citizenship test

 

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"Respect for women and children … that is a key Australian value," he said, adding domestic violence would not be tolerated.

A more stringent English language test involving reading, writing, listening and speaking is one of the other changes included in the citizenship process.

Providing evidence of integration into the community, such as employment history, school enrolment or membership of community organizations, having already been a permanent resident for at least four years, allowing applicants to apply only three times and automatically failing anyone who cheats on a test are also new changed made by the government in its migration process.

When asked about reports that applicants would be quizzed on whether they supported forced child marriage or female genital mutilation, Turnbull said it was important to "reinforce our values".

"If we believe that respect for women and children [is an Australian value]… then why should that not be made a key part, a fundamental part, a very prominent part, of our process to be an Australian citizen?"

The requirements would apply to all new applications for citizenship, the government said.

The opposition Labor Party accused Turnbull of making announcements for political gain.

"It seems a little odd to me that you would actually ask people whether or not they are going to obey the law when they already pledge to obey the law," said Labor senator Penny Wong.

   

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Australia v Sri Lanka: Asela Gunaratne powers tourists to final-ball victory to take T20 Series 2-0

Posted on 19 February 2017 by admin

ASELA GUNARATNE – remember that name. A one-man Sri Lankan rescue effort turned Australia in to Twenty20 also-rans as Asela Gunarate smashed 37 runs in the final two overs to hand his team a miraculous victory in Geelong on Sunday. The right-hander, who was also the hero at the MCG on Friday night, took 22 off Moises Henriques in the penultimate over then 18 off AJ Tye as Sri Lanka took a 2-0 lead in the series.

Victory looked improbable for the tourists when Tye was on a hat-trick early and the Sri Lankan top order crumbled under the pace of 20-year-old West Australian Jhye Richardson, the first Jhye to play for Australia.

Chasing Australia’s 173 all out Sri Lanka lost five wickets within five overs to put the slows on a run chase that was all brave and boorish at the same time.

The tourists tried to deal only in boundaries early and while it didn’t work then, it proved the path to victory.

Gunaratne was finding the rope regularly but his efforts seemed in vain when his team needed 36 off the final two overs to win.

But he would not be denied, smashing three sixes in a row off Henriques and three more boundaries in the final over to get to 84 not out, off just 46 balls, to guide his team home to a memorable maiden international game in Geelong.

“I thought we were playing nicely there but credit to Gararatne, he played a hell of an innings,” Australian captain Aaron Finch said.

“Geez he hit some clean … that’s as good a striking as you will see. For a guy to be able to hit over fine leg and mid-off, that’s a rare skill. He hasn’t mis-hit a ball in two games now.

“There were a couple of really short pockets and they exposed them really well. Full credit to the Sri Lankans but we feel like we slightly mis executed there.

“With the wicket I thought we had enough runs, but with the dimensions of the ground it was hard to know.

“When you have got a guy who is in like that it’s so hard to defend.”

It was a smidge over 13C, and about 11000 people were rugged up inside Simonds Stadium as local hero Finch strode out to open for the Aussies last night.

The lad from Colac, about 75kms down the road, was last in Geelong in November, playing just over the other side of the Ford stand when he knocked up 39 in club cricket.

This time he was the Australian skipper, and asserted his early authority by smacking the first boundary in international cricket on the ground, through cover to the shortish rope. Another came in the next over, but he was gone four balls later, which allowed big-hitting Ben Dunk to the crease.

Dunk, who outscored Finch, and everyone else in the Big Bash, got to take his belated place in the national line-up after initially being overlooked for the team. And he didn’t disappoint.

He’s been playing club cricket too, but was more recently, unable to get in to the Tasmanian Shield team. But Dunk (32 off 14 balls) showed little white-ball rustiness and went whack, whack, with back-to-back sixes off Sri Lankan off-spinner Munaweera. Dunk took 22 off the over, the bowler’s only one, as the Aussies powered to 1/60 off the power play.

But when Dunk was out to the, let’s say medium pace spinners of Gunaratne, he’s not quite the “fast medium” of his Cricinfo profile, the boundary onslaught went with him.

Opener Michael Klinger, still at the crease, and Moises Henriques couldn’t find the ropes for four overs. They could see them, so close, but couldn’t get the ball there.

They each hit a six in the 11th over, but it was the exception rather than the rule.

Only Henriques, who finished not out on 56, did any real damage after Dunk and then Klinger (43 off 37) went, as a muddling middle-order racked up a stack of single figure scores with wickets falling quickly, including three in a calamitous final over as Nulan Kulasekera cleaned up the tail.

The final seven Aussie batsmen scored just 22 between them and Australia just managed to better Friday night’s score, netting 173.

With boundaries that seemed reachable by a good sized throw in parts, it seemed short of enough, and so it was.

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Sri Lanka beat Australia in first T20I by five wickets: As it Happened

Posted on 17 February 2017 by admin

Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, MelbourneFebruary 17, 2017

Sri Lanka sneak through after Gunaratne fifty.

Sri Lanka 5 for 172 (Gunaratne 52, Munaweera 44) beat Australia 6 for 168 (Finch 43, Malinga 2-29) by five wickets

Australia's "best of the Big Bash League" took Sri Lanka to the final ball. The hosts and their three debutants fought to the finish against the visitors in front of a raucous crowd at the MCG, but a win offered Sri Lanka the chance to wrap up the series at Kardinia Park on Sunday.

The Perth Scorchers' Andrew Tye was left with six runs to defend from the final over, and one from the final ball. Chamara Kapugedara surveyed the ring field then punched the winning boundary through the covers to secure the result. His composure ensured Sri Lanka finished in the ascendant after looking the more likely victors throughout their chase, largely due to a boundary count that outstripped the hosts, 21 to 13.

None of Australia's batsmen were able to go on to substantial scores after Upul Tharanga sent them in to bat, as a spongy pitch and disciplined Sri Lankan bowling denied them the ability to find a domineering rhythm. Sri Lanka's pursuit was then given the desired fast start by Dilshan Munaweera after Tharanga was dismissed in the first over, and Asela Gunaratne's nimble half-century guided the tourists to within sight of victory in front of 42,511 spectators, many of them barracking for Sri Lanka.

Gunaratne also made a brief but notable contribution with the ball, goading the captain Aaron Finch into a skier after he had appeared the man most likely to produce a truly damaging tally for Australia. The dismissal came two balls after Finch had hammered the biggest six of the night, and 10 runs after Michael Klinger's long delayed international debut was ended.

Lasith Malinga, making his own return from a long absence, bowled tidily and scooped a couple of late wickets, while Seekkuge Prasanna gave up a mere 23 runs from four overs that featured 10 dot balls and should have been rewarded with the wicket of Travis Head – dropped badly by Tharanga at point.

Sri Lanka probably could have won it in much easier circumstances than this. They were cruising when Asela Gunaratne was calling the shots but his wicket was an obvious stop gap for the flow of runs. But, they were taken over the line in the end by Kapugedara. It will be something special for Sri lanka despite the knowledge that they were facing only a second string Australian side with the majority of the first team in Mumbai playing India A.

 

Toss Report: Sri Lanka's new skipper Upul Tharanga won the toss and chose to bowl in the opening Twenty20 international against Australia in Melbourne on Friday.

Sri Lanka's Asela Gunaratne. AFP

Sri Lanka's Asela Gunaratne. AFP

Australia, with their leading players embarking on a Test series in India, named three T20I debutants, Michael Klinger, Billy Stanlake and Ashton Turner.

Vikum Sanjaya, who captured three wickets in the lead-up tour game against the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra, was selected to make his international debut for Sri Lanka.

Paceman Lasith Malinga, who last played an international a year ago because of injury, was also in the Sri Lankan line-up.

Teams

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Michael Klinger, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Tim Paine, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake.

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga (capt), Dilshan Munaweera, Asela Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Seekkugge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Vikum Sanjaya, Lakshan Sandakan.

Umpires: Mick Martell (AUS), Paul Wilson (AUS)

 

 

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