All-round New Zealand pockets 98-run win

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A cold, grey morning underpinned by a blustery southerly and a fine drizzle gave way to a summery bright afternoon in Christchurch as the home team rang in the ICC World Cup 2015 with an all-round performance against Sri Lanka on Saturday (February 14). If the Hagley Oval provided the perfect location, New Zealand played inch-perfect cricket to reaffirm its position as a favourite to win this tournament. That New Zealand won by 98 runs – its first success in five World Cup attempts against Sri Lanka – was not the point, nor was its collection of two points that set the team on its way to a spot in the knockouts. Rather, this was an exercise in ticking boxes, and New Zealand did… Read More →

In-form NZ, experienced SL kick World Cup off

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Players from two teams will heave a collective sigh of relief when the first ball is sent down at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday (February 14). New Zealand has never had as much expectation on its shoulders, and, Sri Lanka, who has been in this neck of the woods since December, can’t wait for the real action to begin. The clash between the teams, the first of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, could serve a very early pointer as to what to expect from a group stage that all captains are describing as being wide open. New Zealand has every single element in place and after a bit of fine-tuning is purring along. In terms of obvious weaknesses, New Zealand has none. The… Read More →

Angelo Mathews looks ahead to the ICC CWC 2015 opener against New Zealand

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match-press-conference”>listen to ‘Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference’ on audioBoom   Full transcript of press conference Q. You’ve been here now for what must seem like an eternity since you first arrived here before Christmas. Can you give a sense of what it means to the team now that we’re 24 hours or 22 hours out from the start? You must be basically itching to go. ANGELO MATTHEWS: Yeah, of course. I mean, it’s nice to have played a bit more cricket in New Zealand before the start of the World Cup, but I think from tomorrow onwards, whoever plays the best cricket will obviously go on to win. But I think we have a slight advantage. We got used… Read More →

Launch of Reconciliation through Sports Cricket Tournament

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Australian High Commission Media Release: The Australian High Commission kicked off the ICC Cricket World Cup countdown yesterday (10th February) with the launch of the “Reconciliation through Sports” cricket tournament. The Hon Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation was Chief Guest at the event which was held at R. Premadasa Stadium. The Sports for Reconciliation cricket tournament, implemented by ZOA Sri Lanka, brings together 18 village-level youth teams from the Northern and Eastern Provinces representing all communities. The tournament will be played in a knock-out format with the grand final held at Mullaitivu in March 2015. The tournament aims to bring the excitement and spirit of the ICC Cricket World Cup to these communities, while also promoting social… Read More →

Masakadza guides Zimbabwe to win in warm-up

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Zimbabwe 281-3 (Masakadza 117 no) beat Sri Lanka 279-8 (Karunaratne 58) by seven wickets World Cup warm-up game, Lincoln Zimbabwe got off to a poor start in its chase, losing openers Chamu Chibhabha and Sikandar Raza within the first seven overs. Masakadza and captain Taylor kept the side going with a steady partnership. Angelo Mathews rotated his bowlers but to no avail. Both batsmen hit half-centuries and kept the run rate around six, taking Zimbabwe past 160 in 27 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan finally ended the 127-run partnership with the wicket of Taylor, but Williams ensured that the good work didn’t go to waste. With 118 runs needed from 22 overs, Williams and Masakadza upped the ante. Masakadza went past his century and remained… Read More →

Event Technical Committee approves replacement in Sri Lanka’s squad

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The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Dushmantha Chameera as a replacement player for Dhammika Prasad in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament, which starts on 14 February. Prasad fractured his hand while training on Saturday. The 23-year-old Chameera’s only ODI was against Sri Lanka in Wellington last month, in which he returned figures of two for 60. 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 the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or… Read More →

Dushmantha Chameera to replace injured Dhammika Prasad

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Media Release Dhammika Prasad will not be in a position to represent the World Cup squad for the upcoming 2015 ICC WC owing to the injuries received by him during practice. Hence the Selection Committee in consultation with the Team Management has approved to include Dushmantha Chameera in place of Dhammika Prasad in the above squad subject to receiving the ICC Technical Committee’s approval in this regard. The Hon.Minister has approved same.

Dominant South Africa downs Sri Lanka

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South Africa put up a dominant show to beat Sri Lanka in the second warm-up match of the 2015 World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday (February 9). Put in to bat, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 279 for 7, courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan’s century and a half-century from Angelo Mathews, after a lengthy spell of rain curtailed its innings at 44.4 overs. South Africa, which was set a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 188 in 25 overs, cantered to a five-wicket win despite a late wobble. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a dream start, adding 106 in just 15.1 overs before Rangana Herath drew first blood. De Kock, who scored a 55-ball 66 with six fours and two sixes, edged to Dimuth Karunaratne. Amla,… Read More →

Dhammika Prasad injured

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Media release Dhammika Prasad was hit on the outside of the left hand when attempting a return catch while bowling today.  X-ray showed a fracture of the 5th metacarpal bone.  The fracture has been realigned and put in a cast. Dhammika will not be available for the upcoming World Cup. Sri Lanka Cricket will follow the ICC protocol in order take the process forward.

Six Sri Lankans to Officiate at the ICC World Cup 2015

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce that  6 Sri Lankans will Officiate at the up coming ICC World Cup 2015. Ranjan Madugalla & Roshan Mahanama will be officiating as Match Refrees and Kumar Dharmasena, Ranmore Martinez and Ruchira Palliyagurge will take the field as Umpires. Peter Manuel is officiating as Umpires Educator for the above tournament. ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the pool stage matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March. Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires for the tournament opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekera found guilty of Level 1 offence

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka player Nuwan Kulasekera was issued with an official reprimand after committing a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the 7th One Day International against New Zealand in Wellington on Thursday. Kulasekera admitted to a breach of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which provides that an offence will be committed where a player engages in “…conduct that either : (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.” After claiming the wicket of New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi, Kulasekera aggressively changed direction towards the dismissed batsman, which was considered unacceptable by the Match Officials. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and… Read More →

Brilliant Sangakkara sets up Sri Lankan win

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A crafty 113 off 105 balls from Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka register a 34-run win over New Zealand in the seventh and final One-Day International between the two sides in Wellington on Thursday (January 29). New Zealand had already sealed the series, but the moral-boosting win meant Sri Lanka took the scoreline to 4-2. Sri Lanka reached its highest score of the series, scoring 287 for 6 in 50 overs and then shot down New Zealand for 253 in 45.2 overs. And when Sangakkara took a superb diving one-handed catch to remove Corey Anderson, he became the most successful ODI keeper. It was his 473rd dismissal, bettering Adam Gilchrist’s record by one. Sangakkara added 104 runs with Tillakaratne Dilshan… Read More →

Under 19: Bangladesh clinch the one day series 3-2

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Bangladesh Under-19s beat Sri Lanka Under-19s by 14 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer on Sunday to seal a remarkable 3-2 series victory. Bangladesh U-19s were trailing 2-0 before winning the final three games of the series. Brief Score: Bangladesh U-19 212/9 in 50 overs (Nazmul Hasan Shanto 92, Zakir Hasan 42, Asitha Fernando 3/50,  Malinga Amarasinghe 3/20) Sri Lanka U-19 198 all out  in 48.5 overs (Shalindu Pereira 53, Saleh Ahmed  3/48) Result: Bangladesh U-19 won by 14 runs and won the 5 match series 3-2. The two teams will now play the first three-day Youth Test match from January 28 in Dambulla, followed by the second game in Pallekele from February 2.