South Africa was bundled out of the 1992 edition, at the semi-final stage against England. Since then, despite making the knockouts in 1996, 1999, 2007 and 2011, it always found itself on the wrong side of the result. But on Wednesday (March 18) evening, AB de Villiers and his men laid those ghosts to rest in the most comprehensive of fashions. Through a steady diet of hostile pace, followed by a masterful display of guile from Imran Tahir and the wicket-to-wicket accuracy of hat-trick man JP Duminy, South Africa sent Sri Lanka sliding to 133 all out with 12.4 overs unutilised in the first quarter-final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. South Africa wasn’t letting this one go. Quinton de Kock followed up a… Read More →
AIA Insurance has come forward to become the official insurance partner of Sri Lanka Cricket and will also sponsor two of the main domestic tournaments according to an agreement entered by both parties. AIA Insurance will be the title sponsor for the Premier Limited Overs tournament and the Premier League tournament for a period of three years. “As the real life company, cricket has a special place in all our hearts. We are excited about this partnership as it enables us to play a part in protecting something that deeply matters to all Sri Lankans,” said Shah Rouf, AIA Sri Lanka’s Chief Executive Officer.“This is an important milestone for the Company and one that I know will leave an indelible… Read More →
I have two messages for the Sri Lanka squad and captain Angelo Mathews ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final against South Africa in Sydney: win the toss and do not get too hung up thinking about AB de Villiers. The toss, I believe, will play a vital part in the outcome of the match. The side batting first in One-Day Internationals at the Sydney Cricket Ground wins 58 per cent of the time according to the statistics but, in the pressure of a knock-out match as this one is, I reckon the advantage of runs on the board counts for even more than that figure suggests. It is a ground I know very well – I played eight ODIs there – and if you can… Read More →
Q. Obviously, AB de Villiers was particularly destructive when he last played at this ground, and Sri Lanka with the batsmen you have on your side as well. Are you expecting this to be a pretty entertaining match? And having it at the SCG itself, what’s that mean for you playing a game like this at this venue? ANGELO MATHEWS: Oh, absolutely. I mean, if you play at MCG or SCG it’s like playing at home. Most of the Sri Lankans across Australia or across the world, they fly into Sydney with immense support for us, and we really enjoy playing in Sydney. Also it’s going to be a tough game for both teams. As we all know, we’ve come… Read More →
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 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Media Release Dimuth Karunaratne broke a bone in his right hand during practice today. Kusal Janith Perera will leave today for Australia to be on standby for Dimuth. ICC Technical Committee will be informed of the new development and a Surgeon will check on him tomorrow and advice the Team Management of his recommendations.
Media Release Seekkuge Prasanna will go to Australia as a stand by for Rangana Herath. Rangana split his finger during the England v Sri Lanka match and the wound will expected take 7-10 days to heal. Seekkuge sent to Australia only as a precautionary measure.