ANGELO MATHEWS

  • Injuries, fielding hurt Lanka's chances in World Cup: Angelo Mathews 4 days ago

    Colombo: A combination of poor fielding and regularly losing players through injuries has hurt Sri Lanka's chances in the cricket World Cup, captain Angelo Mathews said on Friday. "Our fielding levels dropped," Mathews said, adding that losing as many as five players from the original squad of 15 left the team...
  • Our worst performance in World Cup, says Angelo Mathews March 18, 2015

    Sydney: Describing their loss to South Africa in the quarter-final as their worst performance in the World Cup, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Wednesday thanked old war horses Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara for their contribution to cricket. The islanders were bowled out for a paltry total of 133, which...
  • 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)...
  • 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: Sri Lanka's Mathews, Herath set to be fit for quarters March 12, 2015

    Sydney: Sri Lanka were on Thursday "a 100 percent sure" that skipper Angelo Mathews, down with a heel injury, will be fit for their quarter-final outing of the cricket World Cup in Sydney next week. The Sri Lankans were also hopeful of spinner Rangana Herath being available before the last eight...
  • World Cup: It's a privilege to share the dressing room with Sangakkara, says Thirimanne March 11, 2015

    Hobart: Sri Lanka got the job done against Scotland without fuss at the Bellerive Oval on Wednesday (March 11), but there was another injury scare for a team that can't seem to go through a practice session or a game unscathed. Angelo Mathews, the captain, left the field early in the...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka skipper begs Sangakkara not to quit March 11, 2015

    Hobart: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said Wednesday that he has gone down on his knees to beg record-breaking batsman Kumar Sangakkara not to quit after the World Cup. Sangakkara, 37, will call time on his ODI career at the end of the tournament but he is still in a rich...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka should avoid repeating mistakes March 2, 2015

    Roughly eleven months ago Paul Farbrace, Sri Lanka's head coach at the time, was approached by the England and Wales Cricket Board to join their set-up. A few days later, Farbrace resigned from the Sri Lankan job, a mere three months into his contract. All this transpired two weeks before...
  • ICC World Cup: I believed 310 was a bit too much, says Angleo Mathews March 1, 2015

    Wellington: An elated Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews praised two of his star batsmen and said he initially believed the 310-run target was out of reach as his side beat England comprehensively by nine wickets at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday. Chasing a formidable 310-run target set by England, Sri Lanka...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka back to reckoning at the MCG February 27, 2015

    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 February 27, 2015

    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...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, World Cup, Match 18, Pool A February 26, 2015

    (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...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka must improve standards, says Angelo Mathews February 22, 2015

    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...
  • Sri Lanka to treat Afghanistan like Test nation in World Cup February 21, 2015

    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...
  • Yuvraj Singh, Hashim Amla among big stars to go under IPL hammer on Monday February 15, 2015

    Bengaluru: Top cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Hashim Amla will be the star attractions in IPL 8 auctions that will see quite a few Indian and International players going under the hammer on Monday. Last year's most expensive buy, Yuvraj, who was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 14 crores, will...
  • Angelo Mathews blames poor bowling, fielding for loss February 14, 2015

    Christchurch: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews blamed his bowlers and poor fielding for their 98 run loss in the World Cup opener against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval here on Saturday. "The bowlers started off very poorly, in the middle part they bowled pretty well, but again in the end...
  • New Zealand's form vs Sri Lanka's experience in World Cup opener February 13, 2015

    Christchurch: Players from two teams will heave a collective sigh of relief when the first ball is sent down at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday. New Zealand, one of the home teams in this tournament, have never had as much expectation on their shoulders, and, Sri Lanka, who...
  • New Zealand's confidence high ahead of World Cup opener vs Sri Lanka February 13, 2015

    Christchurch: The talk on the eve of the opening match of the Cricket World Cup between New Zealand and Sri Lanka is of pressure, of expectation, of anticipation and excitement and nerves. These words recur as the respective captains, Brendon McCullum of New Zealand and Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka, face...
  • 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...
  • World Cup 2015: Who are the men with best all-round skills January 30, 2015

    From Mohinder Amarnath's legendary performance in 1983 World Cup to Yuvraj Singh's brilliance in the 2011 edition, the importance of allrounders in one-day cricket and World Cups cannot be undermined. Most teams in the modern era give particular emphasis on having more players who can do well with both bat...
  • Rain washes out third New Zealand-Sri Lanka ODI January 17, 2015

    Persistent rain washed out the third one-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday after less than 30 overs of the hosts' innings. New Zealand had been well-placed at 145 for 3 in the 29th over of the game that had already been reduced...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI January 17, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (c), Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c),...
  • Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews rues dropped catches in second Test January 7, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews could only reflect on the old cricketing adage that "catches win matches" as poor fielding let his side down in the second Test against New Zealand. The hosts won the game by 193 runs on Wednesday after completing a remarkable fightback from 159 for five...
  • Sri Lanka wait on Rangana Herath fitness for second Test January 2, 2015

    Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is "50-50" to play New Zealand in the second Test at the Basin Reserve, though Sri Lanka will still go into the game keen to play positive, attacking cricket, captain Angelo Mathews has said. The 36-year-old Herath, who was the world leading Test wicket taker in...