Sri Lanka v South Africa Preview, Sydney

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It’s come down to this now; 12 days, 7 games and 3 victories stand between eight teams and the label of World Cup winners. After a prolonged period of foreplay that involved 42 games, cricket’s pinnacle event has reached the business end, as it were. This is the point of no return, there are no more second chances, no further opportunity to right a wrong. This is when you either shape up, or ship out. Sri Lanka has been here many times in the past. More often than not, it has surmounted this hurdle, an obstacle that can make nervy boys out of solid men. South Africa has been here too, many times in the past. It has been nothing… Read More →

President, PM wish SL Cricket Team via Skype

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to the Sri Lankan cricket team via Skype today and wished them for the quarter finals of the cricket world cup. Sri Lanka will face South Africa in the quarter final knock out stage of the 2015 cricket world cup on Wednesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. The President praised Kumar Sangakkara for his performance so far during the tournament. Sangakkara had scored four consecutive centuries during the tournament. President Sirisena said the team had brought pride to the Nation and hoped they perform as good as they have done so far during the next stage of the tournament. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also spoke to the team via Skype and wished them for… Read More →

AUDIO: Lahiru Thirimanne reviews his side’s win over Scotland

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listen to ‘Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne reviews his side’s win over Scotland’ on audioBoom Q. How is it to be in a dressing room where a legend Sangakkara has scored four centuries, and what is the feeling in the dressing room after that? LAHIRU THIRIMANNE: It’s fantastic. We are all privileged to share the same dressing room with him. It’s fantastic. He is playing wonderfully at the moment. Hopefully he continues his form in the qualifying rounds. Q. Lasith has handled a lot of responsibilities. Was it good to have another bowler in there that could bowl above 140? Do you think that’ll be handy in Australian conditions? LAHIRU THIRIMANNE: Yeah, absolutely. We saw that today. Dushmantha, he bowls 140,… Read More →

Sri Lanka romps home after Sanga, Dilshan tons

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You could almost see the century coming, from the time Kumar Sangakkara strode out to the middle. Lahiru Thirimanne batted as if he had just woken up from a nightmare, the white cricket ball treated with suspicious apprehension, if not a little dread. And it wasn’t as if the ball was doing a great deal – a little bit of movement, a little bit of bounce. Nothing undue or alarming. Even as Tillakaratne Dilshan seemed in the middle of a net session, Thirimanne appeared nervy and uncertain. Alasdair Evans did Thirimanne a favour by having him caught at second slip and putting him out of his misery; Evans had, however, done his team no favours at all by thus heralding the arrival in the middle of the… Read More →

Chandimal ruled out of 2015 World Cup, Kusal as replacement

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ICC Media Release The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Kusal Perera as a replacement player for Dinesh Chandimal in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament. Chandimal suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s match against Australia in Sydney and has been ruled out of further participation in the tournament. Perera has played 41 ODIs for Sri Lanka in which he has scored 839 runs with one century and four half-centuries. His last ODI was against England in Pallekele in December 2014. Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of… Read More →

Kithuruwan and Kaushal to Australia

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Media Release Owing to the injuries faced by Dinesh Chandimal,the National Selectors have in discussion with the Team Management recommended to fly in Kithruwan Vithanage as a cover up batsman and in case Rangana’s injury is not fully healed to fly P.H.T Kaushal as cover up for same.They will be subjected to the approval of the ICC’s WC 2015 Technical Committee. This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

MUTTIAH MURALIDARAN: Batting quality means there’s still plenty to be positive about

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It may seem like an odd thing to write after losing a match by 64 runs, but I am feeling very positive after Sri Lanka’s defeat against Australia. After conceding a mountain of runs, the batsmen once again showed their quality, and for 40 overs Angelo Mathews’ men really kept the opposition on their toes. And in Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka have the number one one-day batsman in the world at the moment. You can talk all you like about Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers or Glenn Maxwell – and all of them have played superbly in this tournament – but Sanga is the man all other sides will fear most of all. His feat of scoring three World Cup hundreds in a row is incredible and… Read More →

Australia fends off spirited Sri Lankan chase

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For 25 overs with the ball and 40 overs with the bat, at a Sydney Cricket Ground that felt like Colombo, Sri Lanka gave Australia a real scare. Glenn Maxwell’s explosive hitting fetched him a 51-ball century and propelled Australia to 376 for 9, but with Kumar Sangakkara scoring a third successive hundred, buttressed by Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 62 and Dinesh Chandimal’s dazzling 22-ball half-century, Sri Lanka was in the game till the last ten overs. It eventually fell 64 short, as Australia ensured it would finish second in Pool A and entertain either Pakistan orIreland in the Adelaide quarterfinal. Before the tournament began, Maxwell had spoken of how much he disliked his ‘Big Show’ nickname. But, in front of a sizeable crowd, the slugger who has made the reverse-sweep mainstream put on an awesome… Read More →

Seekkuge Prasanna to replace injured Dimuth Karunaratne

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ICC Media Release The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Seekkuge Prasanna as a replacement player for Dimuth Karunaratne in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament. Karunaratne fractured his little finger during a training session in Sydney and has been ruled out of further participation in the tournament. Prasanna has played 22 ODIs for Sri Lanka in which he has scored 181 runs and taken 21 wickets with his wrist spinners. His last appearance for Sri Lanka was earlier this year when he played against New Zealand in Wellington. Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a… Read More →

Suranga Lakmal found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal has been fined for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code for Players and Players Support Personnel during his side’s Pool A match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 against England at the Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington on Sunday. Lakmal was fined 30 per cent of his match fee by David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, after he pleaded guilty to breaching Article 2.1.8, that relates to ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’. The incident happened in the 50th over of England’s innings when Lakmal bowled a second consecutive high full pitched ball to Jos Buttler, after being given a first and final warning by… Read More →

Sangakkara, Thirimanne lead Sri Lanka to big win

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England hasn’t been at its best at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but it does appear to have a blueprint. And, for half of the Sunday (March 1) game it worked just fine. The second half, not so much. The result, in terms of its margin if not in performance, speed or sheer devastation, was even worse than the defeat New Zealand handed England at the same ground nine days ago, Sri Lanka beating it by nine wickets after chasing down 310. Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara scored contrasting but equally effective centuries in a massive unbroken 212-run stand to take Sri Lanka over the line with 16 balls in hand. England must be glad to leave New Zealand on Monday, although one wonders whether its recent record in… Read More →

Dilshan reflects on Man of the Match performance against Bangladesh

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listen to ‘Dilshan reflects on Man of the Match performance against Bangladesh’ on audioBoom listen to ‘Dilshan (Sinhalese) reflects on Man of the Match performance against Bangladesh’ on audioBoom Full Transcript Q. Dilshan, what does it mean for you to break Aravinda’s record? He had the record for the highest knock in World Cup innings, 145 against Kenya in the ’96 World Cup. What does it mean for you to break his record? TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN: I don’t know. Just I know is I broke the record of Aravinda. I’m not thinking for record, I just try to bat maximum for the country. It’s great having records in books, as well. Really enjoying batting in the middle. That I think has… Read More →

Sri Lanka trumps Bangladesh after Dilshan, Sangakkara tons

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Sri Lanka brought its full range of experience into play, with a dominant display against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday (February 26). A fine display with both bat and ball helped Sri Lanka to a 92-run victory that also saw it leapfrog Bangladesh in the Pool A table of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The pitch at the MCG had patches of green on it, but was still considered favourable to the batsmen. So it was no surprise that Angelo Mathews opted to bat first, and the decision was justified by his top order.Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara hammered centuries, while Lahiru Thirimanne contributed a fifty, as Sri Lanka posted a mammoth 332 for 1.     Bangladesh couldn’t front up well enough, and… Read More →