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  • Cricket World Cup: Lasith Malinga gamble starting to pay dividends for Sri Lanka 21 minutes ago

    The toe-crusher is hitting the target, the bouncer is coming out well and, most importantly, the wicket column is swelling again. Three games into the World Cup and Sri Lanka's calculated gamble on Lasith Malinga appears to be paying off. Sanath Jayasuria knew exactly what he and his colleagues on the selection...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka back to reckoning at the MCG 17 hours 39 minutes ago

    In the post-match press conference the fan question to Angelo Matthews, the winning captain, was whether he thought Sri Lanka were peaking. Mathews duly pulled out the PR talk and said they were taking it a game a time and then casually mentioned that he thought Sri Lanka were clinical...
  • Sri Lanka unhappy with 'tiring' World Cup travel 23 hours 57 minutes ago

    Melbourne: Sri Lanka flew back to New Zealand on Friday grumbling about their World Cup travel following a hectic dash across the Tasman sea for just one game even as some other teams enjoyed a relaxed schedule. Angelo Mathews' men played their first two matches in New Zealand and then flew...
  • Watch: Afghanistan Day at World Cup, Sri Lanka trounce Bangladesh, Day 13 highlights Yesterday

    Afghanistan held their nerves to beat Scotland by a wicket for their first every win at ICC World Cup while the Sri Lankans jumped to No. 2 in Pool A by hammering Bangladesh. Watch all the highlights from Day 13. ...
  • Lankan Foreign Minister on maiden visit to China on Friday Yesterday

    Beijing: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will embark on his maiden visit to China on Friday to hold talks with the top leadership in Beijing on some of the big- ticket Chinese investments, including the USD 1.5 billion Colombo port project that is being reviewed by his government. Samaraweera will...
  • Sri Lanka: Minister slams police for tardy progress in graft cases Yesterday

    Colombo: The new Sri Lankan government on Thursday asked the police department to submit a report within 10 days on the action taken to unravel the large-scale corruption allegations linked to the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Slamming the department, Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga asked the police to expedite investigation...
  • ICC World Cup: 'Proud' Kumar Sangakkara marks 400th ODI with ton Yesterday

    Melbourne: Kumar Sangakkara said he was proud to have "kept pace with the game" as he marked his 400th one-day international with a century against Bangladesh in their World Cup clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. The 37-year-old left-hander, who plans to retire from the white-ball game after...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka skipper hails 'brilliant' Dilshan, Sangakkara Yesterday

    Melbourne: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews hailed century makers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara as "brilliant" after they lifted the 1996 champions to a 92-run win over Bangladesh on Thursday. Dilshan smashed an unbeaten 161 off 146 balls - the ninth highest score in World Cup history -- while Sangakkara marked...
  • World Cup: Bangladesh captain let down by batting, bowling, fielding Yesterday

    Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza described the 92-run defeat against Sri Lanka on Thursday as "frustrating", saying his team was not up to the mark in batting, bowling or fielding. "It is obvious we did not play well today," said Mortaza. "We need to work hard if we are to do well...
  • World Cup: Dilshan, Sangakkara guide Sri Lanka to huge win over Bangladesh Yesterday

    Something about Bangladesh triggers Sri Lanka into action. So far in the 2015 World Cup, Sri Lanka have failed to completely dominate an innings. At the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday (February 26), they dominated a whole match. Perhaps that wasn't surprising, given their 32-4 record against Bangladesh heading into this...
  • World Cup: Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan in Wall Street Journal for somersault antics Yesterday

    Dunedin: Afghanistan's latest cricket sensation Hamid Hassan found his way into the pages of the popular US daily the 'Wall Street Journal' after his somersaulting antics post Kumar Sangakkara's wicket in their match against Sri Lanka caught the attention of one and all. With a bandana and a war paint on...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, World Cup, Match 18, Pool A 2 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: The Islanders, losing finalists in the last two editions, have had an uninspiring start to the 2015 event, with their batsmen struggling to cope with the conditions in New Zealand. Angelo Mathews's men were thrashed by the co-hosts...
  • Upul Tharanga replaces Jeevan Mendis in Sri Lanka World Cup squad 2 days ago

    Wellington: Opening batsman Upul Tharanga will join Sri Lanka at the World Cup as a replacement for injured allrounder Jeevan Mendis. The International Cricket Council approved the replacement after Mendis injured a hamstring at training on Tuesday. Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh in Melbourne on Thursday in their third match in Pool...
  • Sri Lanka seek World Cup lift against Bangladesh 2 days ago

    Perennial contenders Sri Lanka will fear their own inconsistent form more than their opponents when they meet Bangladesh in the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. The Islanders, losing finalists in the last two editions, have had an uninspiring start to the 2015 event, with their batsmen struggling...
  • Sri Lanka, Bangladesh suffer World Cup injuries 3 days ago

    Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were dealt injury blows ahead of Thursday's World Cup clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with both Jeevan Mendis and Mushfiqur Rahim taken to hospital for assessment. Mendis, a left-handed batsman and right-arm leg-spinner, has a hamstring injury that could be serious enough to rule him out...
  • Bangladesh rubbished World Cup bookie links 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Bangladesh, on Monday, rubbished media reports back home that seamer Al-Amin Hossain had been kicked out of the World Cup for reportedly confessing to meeting an illegal Indian bookmaker. The official statement issued on Sunday by the team management had said Hossain, 25, was being sent home for breaking curfew...
  • Shafiul Islam cleared to join Bangladesh squad at World Cup 4 days ago

    Melbourne: The International Cricket Council has approved Shafiul Islam as a replacement in Bangladesh's World Cup squad for pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain, who was sent home after breaking a team curfew. Al-Amin did not play in the team's opening 105-run win over Afghanistan, and Bangladesh's second match against Australia was washed...
  • Watch: India roll over SA, Afghan scare for SL; ICC World Cup, Day 9 Highlights 5 days ago

    Shikhar Dhawan once again starred with 137 as India thumped South Africa by 130 runs, while Mahela Jayawardene's 100 took Sri Lanka out of trouble against Afghanistan. ...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Intense focus dulls Mahela Jayawardene's century rescue mission 5 days ago

    Dunedin: Sri Lankan maestro Mahela Jayawardene said it took all his powers of concentration to produce his match-saving World Cup century against Afghanistan in Dunedin on Sunday. He was too focused to even acknowledge his 19th ODI hundred, and fourth in a World Cup, but said afterwards he ranked it with...
  • World Cup 2015: Lack of experience cost us, says Afghanistan's Samiullah Shenwari 5 days ago

    Dunedin: Afghanistan believe a lack of experience cost them the chance of a major World Cup upset on Sunday when Sri Lanka escaped with a four-wicket win in their Pool A clash. A century by Mahela Jayawardene, who featured in a 126-run stand with Angelo Mathews, rescued Sri Lanka from a...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka must improve standards, says Angelo Mathews 5 days ago

    Dunedin: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews admitted his side must raise their game if they are to win a second World Cup after surviving a scare against Afghanistan at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday. Mahela Jayawardene's 19th one-day century rescued the 1996 champions from a perilous 51 for four in...
  • ICC World Cup: Mahela Jayawardene leads Sri Lanka to nervy win against Afghanistan 5 days ago

    Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis combined for a 58-run partnership to give Sri Lanka a nervous four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their World Cup Pool A match at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday. The pair finished off what Mahela Jayawardene (100) and Angelo Mathews (44) had started after Sri Lanka...
  • As it happened: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, World Cup, Match 12, Pool A 6 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Second-tier associate nation Afghanistan, looked extremely dangerous at times in their first-ever World Cup match on Wednesday, until Bangladesh exposed their inexperienced batting lineup to win by 105 runs. Playing XIs Afghanistan: Nawroz Mangal, Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad...
  • Sri Lanka to treat Afghanistan like Test nation in World Cup 1 week ago

    Dunedin: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says his side will be treating World Cup newcomers Afghanistan like a Test-playing nation when they meet in their second Pool B match on Saturday. Sri Lanka have a lot more at stake when the teams take the field in Dunedin, having suffered a demoralizing...
  • Our government doesn't see India as a threat, says Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Samaraweera February 18, 2015

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Foreign Affairs Editor Anchal Vohra, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said, "As far as our new administration is concerned, we do not see the world or India as a threat. We see India as the international community." ...
  • Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says Tamils have no reason to live in fear February 18, 2015

    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that Lankan Tamils have no reason to live in fear and the government is committed to giving the Tamil dominated provinces more powers. But this needs to be discussed with the majority community the Sinhalas, Samaraweera told CNN-IBN. ...
  • Exclusive: Our government not in denial over war crimes against Sri Lankan Tamils, says Mangala Samaraweera February 17, 2015

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN Foreign Affairs Editor Anchal Vohra, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said, "Unlike the previous government, we are not in denial over war crimes against Sri Lankan Tamils. We will create an independent mechanism to probe all charges." ...
  • Happy to see friendly ties between India and Sri Lanka: China February 17, 2015

    Beijing: China ON Tuesday reacted guardedly to new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's India visit, saying it is "happy to see" close and friendly relations between them and emphasised that sound ties among the three nations will be conducive to the entire region. "Sri Lanka and India are friendly and...