SRI LANKA

  • Spinners won't get much purchase in World Cup: Muttiah Muralidaran February 9, 2015

    Sydney: Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralidaran on Monday said that spinners will find the going difficult as they will not get much assistance or purchase from Australian and New Zealand pitches in the ICC World Cup starting on February 14. In a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website the...
  • World Cup warm-up: De Kock, Amla steer SA to a five-wicket win over SL February 9, 2015

    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...
  • Veterans set to play key role in World Cup February 9, 2015

    The belief that "old is gold" will once again be put to the test in this World Cup, with several players bolstering teams with their experience and guile. Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and New Zealand's Daniel Vettori are the most experienced players as each of the trio will...
  • World Cup Flashback: Sri Lankans turn heroes in eventful 1996 edition February 9, 2015

    Sri Lanka became the first host nation and the third South Asian team after India and Pakistan to lift the World Cup trophy in 1996, marked by huge spectator attendance, though security issues, slow-and-low pitches and crowd trouble triggered controversies. After nine years, the World Cup returned to the sub-continent, with...
  • As it happened: World Cup warm-ups: Sohaib Maqsood takes Pakistan to 3-wicket win over Bangladesh February 9, 2015

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) World Cup, warm-up match 2: South Africa won the toss against Sri Lanka and elected to field first. World Cup, warm-up match 3: New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first against Zimbabwe. ...
  • Not overawed by pressure, says Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga February 8, 2015

    Christchurch: Sri Lanka's premier pacer Lasith Malinga claimed on Sunday that he wasn't overawed by the task of leading his team's bowling unit in the World Cup and is under no pressure whatsoever. "I don't know what pressure means," he was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.com on Sunday. "I'm always used to...
  • Lasith Malinga is back to full fitness: Angelo Mathews February 8, 2015

    There have been some question marks over Lasith Malinga's availability for the 2015 World Cup, but Angelo Mathews declared that Sri Lanka's premier fast bowler will be fit for the tournament opener against New Zealand on February 14. "He (Malinga) has progressed really well, and he's back to full fitness," said...
  • Injured Dhammika Prasad ruled out of World Cup 2015 February 8, 2015

    Sri Lanka were dealt a blow on Saturday as Dhammika Prasad was ruled out of the 2015 World Cup due to an injury. Sri Lanka, likely to go into the marquee event without Lasith Malinga, will have to make do without Prasad after the right-arm seamer fractured his left hand while...
  • LTTE leader wanted in Rajiv's killing barred from going abroad February 5, 2015

    Colombo: A top LTTE leader, who is wanted in India in connection with the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, was barred from leaving Sri Lanka by a court on Thursday. Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, who took over the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) following the...
  • Sri Lanka team to be $1 million richer if they win the World Cup February 5, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's government Thursday announced a million dollar bonus to the national cricket team if they win this month's cricket World Cup being played in New Zealand and Australia. "We have decided to offer this money to be shared among the team as an incentive for them to bring the...
  • Sri Lanka have a terrific, well-balanced squad, says Rahul Dravid February 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that Sri Lanka are a "terrific" side and one of the most "well-balanced" units in the Cricket World Cup starting February 14. "It's a terrific squad, it's a really well balanced squad. They've got some really experienced batsmen. They've got the likes of...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: Sri Lanka want to do it for Mahela and Sanga February 5, 2015

    As the sun begins to set on two of the most tenacious characters of all time in Sri Lankan cricket, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will join hands for the one last time in their glorious careers to lead the island nation's aspirations in the World Cup 2015, in a...
  • Problems galore for World Cup contenders February 4, 2015

    With strong hosts expected to challenge, a highly-fancied South Africa facing their demons and a sprawling format certain to generate criticism, the cricket World Cup's return to Australia and New Zealand is a case of deja vu in many ways. Since the trans-Tasman neighbours first co-hosted in 1992, the one-day game's...
  • Cricket expert? Tell us your four World Cup semi-finalists February 4, 2015

    India's form isn't great, New Zealand peaking just at the right time, Pakistan stay unpredictable, beating Australia at home is tough. Hang on! Don't take the minnows lightly. Will the favourites make it to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-finals? You tell us by selecting your top four....
  • Asia confident of continental shift at World Cup February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Conventional wisdom says Asian teams usually succumb on the bouncy wickets of Australia or the seaming pitches in New Zealand, making them vulnerable and rank outsiders for the World Cup. Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, alongside the mighty South Africa, are the bookmakers' favourites to win one-day cricket's biggest...
  • SLC reported to anti-graft commission February 2, 2015

    Colombo : Sri Lanka's cricket governing body SLC has been reported to the Commission on Bribery and Corruption on Monday. The Marxist JVP of the People's Liberation Front said they had highlighted 25 points over alleged misconduct by top officials of bribery and corruption at SLC. Sri Lanka Cricket is suffering from...
  • Sri Lanka appoint Rumesh Ratnayake as consultant coach January 29, 2015

    Rumesh Ratnayake, the former Sri Lankan fast bowler, has been appointed the national side's consultant coach ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015, a Sri Lanka Cricket release said. "SLC has made the inclusion taking into consideration the views of the chairman of selectors and the national team management. All other...
  • Nuwan Kulasekera reprimanded for aggressive celebration January 29, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera was reprimanded for aggressive celebration of Luke Ronchi's dismissal during his team's seventh ODI against New Zealand on Thursday. "Kulasekera admitted to a breach of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel," said the ICC in a...
  • 7th ODI: Sangakkara earns Sri Lanka consolation win over New Zealand January 29, 2015

    Wellington: Injury-stricken Sri Lanka gained a morale boost ahead of the World Cup by beating New Zealand by 34 runs in Thursday's last match of the seven-game one-day series. Kumar Sangakkara made 113 not out and Tillakaratne Dilshan 81 in Sri Lanka's 287-6 and debuting fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera took 2...
  • Kumar Sangakkara breaks ODI record for dismissals January 29, 2015

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara broke the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in one-day internationals on Thursday. Sangakkara took his career tally to 473 dismissals when he caught Corey Anderson off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga in Sri Lanka's seventh match against New Zealand. The 37-year-old went into the...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 7th ODI January 29, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat against New Zealand. Teams: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne...
  • Sri Lanka bank on Sangakkara-Jayawardene hit show at World Cup January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will join hands for the last time in their brilliant careers to plot Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign, hoping to make amends for two successive heartbreaks. The missing link in the enduring partnership between the two 37-year-olds that started at the turn of the...
  • For some, World Cup 2015 may end up as a swan song January 27, 2015

    Since the first edition in 1975 to the last in 2011, the cricket World Cup has always served as the biggest platform for each participating teams and their players to showcase their talent. From Clive Lloyd lifting the Cup in 1975 to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's trophy-clinching six at the Wankhede...
  • 6th ODI: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 120 runs to seal series win January 25, 2015

    Dunedin: New Zealand clinched a 4-1 series victory over Sri Lanka by winning Sunday's sixth game of the seven-match one-day series by 120 runs. Kane Williamson made 97, Ross Taylor 96 and Corey Anderson scored 40 and took 3 for 37 as New Zealand defended their total of 315 for...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 6th ODI January 25, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Laka in the sixth ODI of seven match series. New Zealand lead series 2-1. Teams: New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey...
  • 5th ODI: Luke Ronchi, Grant Elliott power New Zealand to huge win January 23, 2015

    New Zealand: New Zealand's Luke Ronchi blasted 170 not out and Grant Elliott made 104 in a record unbroken 267-run partnership which lifted the Black Caps to a 108-run over Sri Lanka on Friday, taking an unbeatable 3-1 lead in their one-day series. Ronchi and Elliott came together with New Zealand...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 5th ODI January 23, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Brief Preview: New Zealand are leading the series 2-1 with one game being abandoned. With three more games to go, a win on Friday would ensure that they won't lose the series. Sri Lanka, on the other hand would like...
  • Sri Lanka to probe hidden foreign assets after Rajapaksa defeat January 22, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's new government is to investigate "black money" transferred overseas by powerful figures in the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. The move came a day after the government of President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated Rajapaksa in an election on January 8, said...
  • As Obama visits, signs that India is pushing back against China January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: When Sri Lanka unexpectedly turfed out President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election this month, it was the biggest setback in decades for China's expansion into South Asia and a remarkable diplomatic victory for India. Despite New Delhi's protestations, diplomats and politicians in the region say India played a role...
  • 4th ODI: Williamson, Ronchi seal New Zealand's win over Sri Lanka January 20, 2015

    Nelson: Kane Williamson scored 103 to rescue an ailing New Zealand innings Tuesday and steer them to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international for a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series. Williamson returned to the line-up after a two-match absence with a shoulder injury to score...