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  • PM Modi to pay tribute to fallen IPKF soldiers in Sri Lanka 47 minutes ago

    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...
  • World Cup 2015: Dual injury blow for Sri Lanka ahead of Australia clash 3 hours 23 minutes ago

    Sydney: Sri Lanka will be forced to make at least two changes for Sunday's crunch cricket World Cup clash with Australia, with veteran spinner Rangana Herath ruled out and batsman Dimuth Karunaratne being sidelined for the rest of the tournament. The 36-year-old, left-armer Herath has been ruled out after splitting the...
  • World Cup: Injury-hit Sri Lanka must tough it out, says Jayawardene 7 hours 37 minutes ago

    Sydney: Mahela Jayawardene says Sri Lanka will have to tough it out at the World Cup amid a spate of tournament-ending injuries. The Sri Lankans, who face a crucial pool match against hosts Australia in Sydney on Sunday, have been forced to call in their second reinforcement after another injury setback. Batsman...
  • World Cup: ICC approves Seekuge Prasanna as replacement for Karunaratne in SL squad 10 hours 21 minutes ago

    Sydney: The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the cricket World Cup has approved Seekuge Prasanna as a replacement player for injured Dimuth Karunaratne in Sri Lanka's squad for the tournament. Karunaratne fractured his little finger during a training session here and has been ruled out of further...
  • PM Modi to visit Seychelles, Mauritius, Lanka; tour begins on March 10 11 hours 1 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on March 10 on a three-nation visit Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Friday with no mention, however, of the Maldives, which was being considered earlier. On his first trip abroad in 2015, the prime minister will be...
  • Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne ruled out of World Cup Yesterday

    Colombo: Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne on Thursday was ruled out of the remainder of the cricket World Cup after suffering an injury to his little finger during the team's practice session ahead of Sunday's crucial tie against Australia. An x-ray on the injured finger revealed a fracture, which has put...
  • ICC World Cup: Will Dhoni throw the Ashwin challenge at Gayle? 3 days ago

    The media may be peeved at MS Dhoni the late-comer, but he's making all the right moves on the turf that matters. Three wins in three matches, and India's World Cup defence well on its way. India stayed in Perth after having UAE for an evening snack, awaiting West Indies, who...
  • ICC World Cup: Sri Lanka send stand-by spinner for injured Rangana Herath 3 days ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka leg spinning-allrounder Seekkuge Prasanna is all set to join the World Cup squad as a stand by for the injured Rangana Herath. Herath split his finger during his team's match against England and the wound is expected to take 7-10 days to heal, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced...
  • World Cup: England's Sri Lanka loss worse than NZ crushing, says Atherton 3 days ago

    London: England may have been utterly humiliated in their second World Cup pool match against co-hosts New Zealand but Sunday's nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka was much more damaging, according to former England captain Mike Atherton. Tim Southee claimed 7-33 and skipper Brendon McCullum blasted the fastest half-century in tournament history...
  • Extra bowler will help Sri Lanka in future World Cup matches, says Muralitharan 4 days ago

    One thing is clear after Sri Lanka's great run-chase against England in Wellington: the make-up of the side needs a re-think. Because although the batting is top-class and is clicking superbly well, the bowling is very obviously proving a big weakness and a major headache for captain Angelo Mathews, especially...
  • ICC World Cup: Muttiah Muralitharan pleads for Ranjana Herath recovery time 4 days ago

    Sydney: Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan pleaded on Monday for key spinner Ranjana Herath to be kept on ice for the World Cup quarter-finals after suffering a nasty injury to his finger. The 36-year-old Herath needed four stitches in the spinning finger of his left hand after he tried to stop...
  • Watch: Sangakkara's special, unconvincing Pakistan win, Day 16 at ICC World Cup 4 days ago

    Lahiru Thirimanne scored 139 and Kumar Sangakkara smashed a brilliant 117* to chase down England's 309 with 16 balls to spare while unconvincing Pakistan did enough to beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka should avoid repeating mistakes 4 days ago

    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...
  • World Cup: 'No remorse' Suranga Lakmal fined for bowling beamers 5 days ago

    Wellington: Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined on Sunday for firing two successive beamers at England's Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed "no remorse", the International Cricket Council said. The incident happened in the 50th and final over of England's innings in their World Cup clash when...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath doubtful for Australia clash 5 days ago

    Wellington: Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is doubtful for next weekend's World Cup Pool A clash against Australia after hurting his spinning hand while bowling against England at Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday. The left-arm spinner required four stitches on his left index finger after suffering the injury while attempting a...
  • ICC World Cup: I believed 310 was a bit too much, says Angleo Mathews 5 days ago

    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: Lahiru Thirimanne coming of age at right time for Sri Lanka 5 days ago

    Lahiru Thirimanne's unbeaten century to guide Sri Lanka to a crushing nine-wicket victory over England in their World Cup Pool A clash on Sunday could not have come at a better time for the side who are now building some momentum. The 25-year-old Thirimanne stroked his way to his fourth ODI...
  • World Cup 2015: England skipper Eoin Morgan blames bowlers for loss 5 days ago

    A dejected England skipper Eoin Morgan blamed his bowlers for failing to defend the 309 for 6 against Sri Lanka in the World Cup cricket at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday. England posted a decent total courtesy a 121-run knock from middle order mainstay Joe Root. But English bowlers were hit...
  • World Cup 2015: Openers gave us perfect start, says Kumar Sangakkara 5 days ago

    Wellington: Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara praised his team's openers for their 100-run stand which led to the target being easily chased down against England in a World Cup Pool A encounter at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday. Chasing a total of 310 for victory, the 1996 World Cup champions...
  • World Cup: Not surprised to see Sri Lanka hammering England, says Ponting 5 days ago

    The legendary Australia captain says SL, who chased 310 to win by 9 wickets, have much better batsmen than England, but their bowling is a bit questionable. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Thirimanne, Sangakkara tons help SL sink hapless England 5 days ago

    If you've watched them much in recent times, you'd have little reason to believe England have a blueprint for playing One-Day Internationals. Everyone knows how India and Sri Lanka approach the format and their relative strengths and weaknesses; everyone knows that New Zealand and Australia have captains with the funk...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, World Cup, Match 22, Pool A 5 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: England hope they can vanquish memories of their last disastrous encounter in Wellington when they play Sri Lanka on Sunday in a Pool A match that's become important to the Cricket World Cup quarter-final chances of both teams. A...
  • World Cup 2015: England seek form reversal against Sri Lanka at Wellington 6 days ago

    Wellington: England hope they can vanquish memories of their last disastrous encounter in Wellington when they play Sri Lanka on Sunday in a Pool A match that's become important to the Cricket World Cup quarter-final chances of both teams. A week ago, England lost at the so-called "Cake Tin" stadium in...
  • Cricket World Cup: Lasith Malinga gamble starting to pay dividends for Sri Lanka 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

    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 February 26, 2015

    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 February 26, 2015

    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...