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  • Rangana Herath ruled out of World Cup hours before quarter-final March 18, 2015

    Sri Lanka's World Cup hopes took a dip just hours before their quarter-final with South Africa with left-arm spinner Rangana Herath ruled out of the tournament. Herath will be replaced by offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, organisers said in a statement. Sri Lanka chief selector Sanatah Jayasuriya had said two days ago that he...
  • World Cup: De Kock is just a knock away from a match winning innings, feels Domingo March 17, 2015

    The World Cup couldn't have asked for a better game than Wednesday's first quarter-final between South Africa and Sri Lanka to kick-off the knockout stage. ...
  • World Cup: Need to get rid of De Villiers early, says Angelo Mathews March 17, 2015

    Sydney: Wary of the threat his counterpart AB de Villiers is to his side, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says getting rid of the dashing right-hander early will be the key to his side's success in the first World Cup quarterfinal to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)...
  • Two fishermen injured after Sri Lankan Navy attacks them with nylon ropes at sea March 17, 2015

    Chennai: Two Indian fishermen were injured as the Sri Lankan Navy attacked them with nylon ropes at sea near Katchatheevu early on Tuesday morning. According to sources, the fishermen are from Tamil Nadu's Rameswaran area. This attack came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka. During his meeting...
  • World Cup 2015: A day off for South Africa ahead of Sri Lanka tie March 17, 2015

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a master of managing practice sessions. Along with Duncan Fletcher, the coach, and other members of the support group, he has worked out a strategy that ensures that training stints are snappy and meaningful, not everyday affairs that can trigger ennui. During the World Cup, India have...
  • World Cup 2015: Umpire communications to be on air for knockout stages March 17, 2015

    Sydney: The ICC on Tuesday confirmed that TV umpire communications during decision-making will be put to air for the knockout stages of the World Cup. With the first quarter-final between Sri Lanka and South Africa scheduled to begin on Wednesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the audio feed of the onfield...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa's road to quarter-finals March 17, 2015

    It's not always that things go as per your expectations. The South Africans, who came into the World Cup as one of the pre-tournament favourites, had to wait longer than expected to book a place in the quarter-finals. The men from the Rainbow nation moved into second place in Pool...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa hope to shrug off 'chokers' tag against Sri Lanka March 17, 2015

    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...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka's road to quarter-finals March 17, 2015

    After an extensive phase of group stages that saw 42 matches in four weeks spread across 14 cities and two countries separated by sea, the cricket World Cup 2015 has reached the knockout stages. The quarter-finals will kick off on Wednesday with 1996 champion Sri Lanka battling against pre-tournament favourites South...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka should bat first and not worry about De Villiers March 17, 2015

    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...
  • World Cup: South Africa won't choke against Sri Lanka, vows De Villiers March 17, 2015

    Sydney: South Africa captain AB de Villiers insisted his side will not choke when they try to end their World Cup knockout misery in a Sydney quarter-final with Sri Lanka on Wednesday. The Proteas have never won a World Cup knockout match since their tournament debut in 1992, with a series...
  • Sri Lanka vs South Africa: What to look for in the first World Cup quarterfinal March 17, 2015

    It's 50:50 in the last 16 ODIs played between South Africa and Sri Lanka, while Kumar Sangakkara is at the doorstep of a wicketkeeping landmark. Here's what to look for in the first quarter-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup on Wednesday: 1. Seven of the last eight one-day internationals between...
  • World Cup: The time is right for me to stop, says Mahela Jayawardene March 16, 2015

    So dominant has Sri Lanka's batting been in this World Cup that Mahela Jayawardene has batted just twice in the last four games. Having started with a duck against New Zealand in the tournament opener on February 14, Jayawardene made an even 100 against Afghanistan, a crucial knock given Sri...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka sweat over Rangana Herath's fitness March 16, 2015

    On Monday morning, as Sri Lanka assembled for their first practice session at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of Wednesday's first quarterfinal of the World Cup against South Africa, much of the attention centred around Rangana Herath. In the afternoon, as South Africa continued their preparations for the marquee clash, knowing...
  • World Cup 2015: Mahela Jayawardene praises Lasith Malinga March 16, 2015

    Sydney: Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene on Monday praised pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, crediting him with returning straight to form in the cricket World Cup after a five-month injury lay-off. Though not at his lethal best, Malinga has been Sri Lanka's premier bowler in the group stages, pocketing 11 wickets...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa rope in adventurer to shed chokers' tag March 16, 2015

    Sydney: South Africa are turning to adventurer Mike Horn for advice on handling pressure moments as the Proteas attempt to shed the chokers' tag ahead of their World Cup quarterfinal against Sri Lanka here on Wednesday. Despite being one of world cricket's most powerful teams since returning to the fold in...
  • World Cup 2015: De Villiers, Sangakkara battle for top batting spot March 16, 2015

    Melbourne: AB de Villiers of South Africa and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka have brought their battle for the coveted No.1 spot in the ICC rankings for One-Day International (ODI) batsmen to Sydney where the two will go head-to-head in the first quarter-final of the cricket World Cup on Wednesday. De...
  • ICC World Cup: 35 centuries in pool stage, better than any edition March 16, 2015

    Adelaide: The opening round of the World Cup witnessed 35 centuries compared to just six in the entire 1975 tournament, seemingly proving once and for all that one-day cricket is a batsman's game. Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara heads the list of century makers, smashing four consecutive hundreds to become the first...
  • Mahela Jayawardene enjoying his last World Cup March 16, 2015

    So dominant has Sri Lanka's batting been in this World Cup that Mahela Jayawardene has batted just twice in the last four games. Having started with a duck against New Zealand in the tournament opener on February 14, Jayawardene made an even 100 against Afghanistan, a crucial knock given Sri...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Team report cards from Pool A and B March 16, 2015

    A tournament that kick-started its campaign at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, with the game between hosts New Zealand and Sri Lanka delivered more than it promised in the pool stage and now it's time for the business end of the tournament. A fixture that was terribly in favour of the full members...
  • World Cup 2015: Domingo expects South Africa to peak against Sri Lanka March 16, 2015

    If South Africa do end up choking in the latter stages of the World Cup, it will not be because of any tension filtering down from their coach. Russell Domingo could not have presented a more relaxed demeanour than he did in front of the media on Monday, two days...
  • ICC World Cup: Sanath Jayasuriya hails 'unbelievable' Kumar Sangakkara March 16, 2015

    Sydney: Sri Lanka great Sanath Jayasuriya has said he would love Kumar Sangakkara to go back on his decision to quit one-day internationals after the World Cup after witnessing his "unbelievable" batting feats during the tournament. The Islanders head into their quarter-final against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on...
  • World Cup 2015: Tillakaratne Dilshan to remain Sri Lanka's guiding light March 16, 2015

    The pressure will be on former captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to continue to play a pivotal role for Sri Lanka when he loses his prolific batting partner after the World Cup. Kumar Sangakkara, the second highest run-getter in one-day internationals behind Sachin Tendulkar, will retire from the 50-over format after the tournament...
  • Asia quartet defy convention at ICC World Cup 2015 March 16, 2015

    Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand may be the teams to beat, but the striking feature of this World Cup is Asia's four Test nations defying conventional wisdom to make the quarter-finals. The belief that Asian cricketers struggle on the hard, bouncy wickets Down Under was thrown out of the window as...
  • World Cup: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath likely to be fit to face Proteas March 16, 2015

    Sydney: Sri Lanka's front-line spinner Rangana Herath is recovering well and looks likely to face South Africa in Wednesday's World Cup quarter-final at Sydney Cricket Ground, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said on Monday. Herath, 36, split the webbing between two fingers on his bowling hand trying to take a return chance...
  • South Africa shouldn't forget Sri Lanka's World Cup expertise: Marvan Atapattu March 15, 2015

    Sydney: Over the last eight years, Sri Lanka have established themselves as the most consistent side in International Cricket Council events. Success was elusive until the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in 2014, but since making the final of the World Cup in the West Indies in 2007, Sri Lanka have...
  • World Cup: Sangakkara and Dilshan have been fantastic, says Jayasuriya March 15, 2015

    Alongside little Romesh Kaluwitharana, Sanath Jayasuriya redefined the manner in which the first 15 overs were approached in One-Day International cricket. During the 1992 World Cup, Mark Greatbatch had shown the way by hitting fearlessly over the top when the field restrictions were in place at the start of the...
  • PM Modi returns home after three-nation tour March 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday night returned home after wrapping up his five-day three- nation tour. On the last day of his three-nation tour that took him to Seychelles, Mauritius and then Sri Lanka, Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Jaffna. The special Air India plane...
  • Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority region CM hits out at his PM for saying Indian fishermen will be shot at March 15, 2015

    Jaffna: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jaffna, the Chief Minister of Tamil-majority region in Sri Lanka hit out at Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe for his controversial comments on shooting trespassing Indian fishermen. Talking exclusively to CNN-IBN CV Vigneswaran said, "That is not the way for...
  • PM Modi visit to Tamil dominated Jaffna brings a new hope March 14, 2015

    Making a historic visit to a region once ravaged by strife, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for equitable development and respect for all citizens in Sri Lanka, seen as an oblique reference to Tamils who had suffered during the war between the LTTE and forces. ...