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  • As it happened: Scotland vs Sri Lanka, World Cup, Match 35, Pool A March 11, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) It's been a horribly wretched World Cup campaign for Sri Lanka thus far. Yes, they are already in the quarter-finals, Bangladesh's emotional victory against England at the Adelaide Oval formalising the 1996 champions' presence in the quarter-finals, and they are playing pretty decent...
  • World Cup: Scotland's Preston Mommsen wants to win against Sri Lanka March 10, 2015

    It has been an uphill climb for Preston Mommsen and his Scottish band thus far, a climb that threatens to get steeper as Scotland look to wind down their Pool A engagements. Into their third World Cup, Scotland are still searching for their first victory. They came close against Afghanistan, and...
  • PM Modi's three-nation tour to give fillip to maritime diplomacy March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi sets off on Tuesday on a five-day official visit to the three key Indian Ocean island neighbours - the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka - in a bid to ramp up India's profile in the crucial maritime region amid China's looming presence. In the Seychelles...
  • World Cup: Injury-hit Sri Lanka meet Scotland in dead Pool A match March 10, 2015

    Hobart: It's been a horribly wretched World Cup campaign for Sri Lanka thus far. Yes, they are already in the quarter-finals, Bangladesh's emotional victory against England at the Adelaide Oval formalising the 1996 champions' presence in the quarter-finals, and they are playing pretty decent cricket, but the quarter-final slot has come...
  • Kusal Perera replaces Dinesh Chandimal in Sri Lankan World Cup squad March 10, 2015

    Hamilton: The Event Technical Committee of the World Cup Tuesday 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...
  • PM Narendra Modi to leave for five days trip to three island states today March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for a five-day visit to three island states in the Indian ocean on Tuesday. Modi will address Sri Lanka's Parliament and visit Jaffna during his upcoming trip to the country, which will be a part of three-nation tour including Mauritius and Seychelles...
  • World Cup: Kumar Sangakkara sports new helmet with neck safety feature March 9, 2015

    Sydney: Not only did Sri Lanka's ace batsman Kumar Sangakkara score a brilliant ton against Australia on Sunday, but he also took a step forward in ensuring player-safety, as for the first time he wore the Masuri helmet with the new safety attachment for the back of the head and...
  • PM Modi to leave on 3-nation tour, in Sri Lanka on March 13-14 March 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi sets off on a five-day tour of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka that is expected to give traction to the country's Indian Ocean outreach during which he also visit a former war zone and Tamil heartland of Jaffna on Tuesday. As Modi visits Sri Lanka...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka to send replacement covers for injured players March 9, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka will be sending middle order batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage and spinner Tharindu Kaushal as cover for the injured players ahead of the team's final round robin cricket World Cup game against Scotland, scheduled to be played on March 11. With the addition of these two players now, the Sri...
  • PM Modi's five-day visit to Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka begins on Tuesday March 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on Tuesday on a five-day visit to the three island nations of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Briefing mediapersons ahead of the PM's visit, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said India has historical linkages with the three countries as also "very strong" people-to-people bonds. He...
  • World Cup: Sri Lanka lack a quality bowling attack, says Muttiah Muralitharan March 9, 2015

    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...
  • Watch: NZ stay unbeaten, Australia in QF, ICC World Cup, Day 22 Highlights March 9, 2015

    New Zealand taken their winning run to 5-0 with a win over Afghanistan, while Australia leave Sri Lanka behind in a Sydney run-fest to reach the quarters. Watch Day 22 highlights from the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • Kumar Sangakkara hits purple patch as he nears ODI retirement March 8, 2015

    The World Cup will be the last assignment for Kumar Sangakkara in one-day internationals and the Sri Lankan left-hander has ensured he will sign off on a high, at least on the personal front. Sangakkara, 37, scored 104 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday for his third consecutive...
  • Kings of Cricket: Australia beat Sri Lanka to enter quarters March 8, 2015

    Australia supplanted Sri Lanka in second spot in World Cup Pool A propelled by a 'big show' ton from Glenn Maxwell before they weathered Kumar Sangakkara's third consecutive century. ...
  • World Cup: Australia beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs to reach quarters March 8, 2015

    Sydney: 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...
  • Kumar Sangakkara to retire after India Test series in August March 8, 2015

    Sydney: Ace batsman Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday said that he will retire from Test cricket "by the end of August" when Sri Lanka host India in a three-match series. The 37-year-old wicketkeeper has already announced retirement from one-day international (ODI) and Twenty-20 cricket. He quit the shortest format after winning the World...
  • World Cup 2015: Sangakkara joins Tendulkar in 14,000 ODI runs club March 8, 2015

    Sydney: Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 14,000 one-day international runs when he reached the landmark against Australia in a World Cup Pool A match in Sydney on Sunday. Left-hander Sangakkara, 37, got to the milestone with a paddled two to fine leg...
  • World Cup: Maxwell fires, Kings of Cricket predict it right March 8, 2015

    Maxwell stormed to his maiden ODI hundred off just 51 balls after CNN-IBN's Kings of Cricket picked him to be the key batsman for Australia. ...
  • World Cup: Ian Gould becomes 15th umpire to stand in 100 ODIs March 8, 2015

    Sydney: Britain's Ian Gould on Sunday became the 15th umpire to stand in 100 ODIs when he took the field in the Australia versus Sri Lanka match in the World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Gould joined the first-class umpires' panel in England in 2002 and was elevated to the...
  • World Cup: Australia, SL battle for No. 2 spot in Pool A March 8, 2015

    The World Cup co-hosts take on the Sri Lankans in Sydney on Sunday as the CNN-IBN Kings of Cricket preview the game. ...
  • As it happened: Australia vs Sri Lanka, World Cup, Match 32, Pool A March 8, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: If there's one Asian team not overawed by the Australia experience, it's Sri Lanka. They may trail 31-55 in the overall head-to-head numbers, but in matches against Australian on their turf in the new millennium, they have...
  • World Cup: Australia, Sri Lanka to play for favourable knock-out draws March 7, 2015

    Sydney: If there's one Asian team not overawed by the Australia experience, it's Sri Lanka. They may trail 31-55 in the overall head-to-head numbers, but in matches against Australian on their turf in the new millennium, they have a 12-17 record - superior to India's (5-11) and vastly better than...
  • Oppostion parties demand Modi to raise fishermen issue with Sri Lanka March 7, 2015

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramesinghe kicked off a storm by asking Indian fishermen to stay on their side of the maritime border otherwise they will be shot at. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, "What kind of good days are these that now even Sri Lanka has started warning us." ...
  • World Cup: Michael Clarke has something to prove against Sri Lanka March 7, 2015

    Australia captain Michael Clarke showed a tetchy side to his nature in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's crunch World Cup clash against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Having kept reporters waiting for an hour while he finished batting in the nets, Clarke's first few answers...
  • ICC World Cup: Lasith Malinga feels rhythm, not blues after surgery March 7, 2015

    Sydney: Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga believes his bowling rhythm is returning at the World Cup after undergoing ankle surgery in September. The sling-arm fast bowler has relied on pain killing injections to make it through his matches at the tournament but says he is feeling more comfortable on the field. The...
  • World Cup: Sri Lanka peaking at the right time, says Angelo Mathews March 7, 2015

    Sri Lanka are slowly coming to the boil at the World Cup after a poor warm-up tour of New Zealand and are aiming to peak for the knockout stages, skipper Angelo Mathews said on Saturday. Three victories in their first four matches, including a nine-wicket thumping of England last time out,...
  • Sri Lankan PM warns Indian fishermen they will be shot if they enter Lankan waters March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramesinghe has kicked off a storm by asking Indian fishermen to stay on their side of the maritime border otherwise they will be shot at. The remarks came a week ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka. Wickramesinghe said, "If someone...
  • Sushma Swaraj calls on Sri Lankan President March 7, 2015

    Colombo: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the first day of her trip to set the stage for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country, the first bilateral tour by an Indian premier in over 25 years. During the meeting, Sirisena...
  • PM Modi to pay tribute to fallen IPKF soldiers in Sri Lanka March 6, 2015

    Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will tour Sri Lanka next week, will lay a wreath at a memorial honouring the IPKF soldiers who died in the country fighting the civil war. Sri Lankan foreign ministry on Friday said Modi will lay a wreath at the Indian Peace Keeping Force...