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


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


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


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


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


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 →

Clarification to certain Media Reports on ICC World Cup 2015

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Media Release Further to the news item in a certain newspaper stating the “Sri Lanka unhappy with World Cup Scheduling” SLC would like to state the following: SLC has sought the views from the Team Manager who stated that The writer has quoted him accurately when he has said “It would have been nice to have finished New Zealand before coming to Australia” “It certainly is inconvenient. It’s tiring for the boys too. We’ve got to get up 7:00 in the morning tomorrow and be at the airport by 8:00. So it’s a long day for them tomorrow, and then we just have the day between, and probably we won’t practice (before the England game)”. “The words and thoughts in… Read More →

Dilshan reflects on Man of the Match performance against Bangladesh


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


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 →

Angelo Mathews previews match against Bangladesh


listen to ‘Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews previews match against Bangladesh’ on audioBoom listen to ‘Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews (Sinhalese) previews match against Bangladesh’ on audioBoom Full Transcript Q. Angelo, can you give us an update on when will be arriving? If he arrives on time, will he be available for tomorrow’s game? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah, hopefully, Upul (Tharanga) will be arriving tonight, but, Jeevan (Mendis), he’ll be out for minimum of two to three weeks. So he’ll be out of the series, and be going back after this game. I mean, yes, hopefully we’ll be in contention, but among the managers and selectors we’ll decide whether we want to play him or not. Q. How is the bowling situation… Read More →

Event Technical Committee approves replacement in SL squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015


ICC Media Release The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Upul Tharanga as a replacement player for Jeevan Mendis in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament. Mendis is suffering from a hamstring injury, which he picked up at a training session on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Tharanga has played 176 One-Day Internationals in which he has scored 5,339 runs at an average of 33.57. He has also hit 13 centuries and 28 half-centuries. The left-handed opener’s last ODI for Sri Lanka was against India in Cuttack in November 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… Read More →

Jeevan Mendis Injured


Media Release It has been notified that Jeevan Mendis has sustained an injury at practices and is presently awaiting the ICC’s doctors to visit and asses him and his medical reports will be forwarded to the ICC Technical Committee for a replacement. However due to the time constraints the Selection Committee , Coach and Captain has requested that Upul Tharanga be sent to Melbourne immediately in case he is needed. Hon.Minister of Sports & Tourism has approved the above.

Classy Jayawardena guides Sri Lanka to win


Mahela Jayawardena’s 19th One-Day International century and a late charge from Thisara Perea guided Sri Lanka to a thrilling four-wicket win over Afghanistan at the University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday (February 22). Sri Lanka, opting to bowl first under overcast conditions, restricted Afghanistan to 232 from 49.4 overs.Asghar Stanikzai (54) and Samiullah Shenwari (38) were the key players, forging an 88-run partnership for the third wicket. In reply, Sri Lanka was rocked early as it lost Lahiru Thirimanne off the very first ball from Dawlat Zadran. To make matters worse for the Sri Lanka fans, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara too perished early Afghanistan sensed a chance to create history, but Jayawardena was not willing to go down without a fight. He staged a remarkable recovery, adding 126 runs for the fifth wicket with Angelo Mathews,… Read More →